You and Me

Synopsis: An altruistic department-store owner hires ex-convicts in order to give them a second chance at life. Unfortunately, one of the convicts he hires recruits two of his fellow ex-convicts in a plan to rob the store.
Director(s): Fritz Lang
Production: Paramount Pictures
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Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

he was a safe-robber.

Well, he is... or was, I should say.

Now, who but an ex-safecracker could handle

one of those newfangled kitchen gadgets?

But you...


That gives me an idea.


Yes, sir.

Make a note to put a safe in one

of the front windows

and have Patsy Mason open it with one

of those new can openers.

Jerome, don't you realize that I, your wife

come in contact with these people?

You know, sometimes

I think you've gone a little off.

Peopling, actually peopling a decent store

with convicts.

Ex-convicts, my dear,

who've been recommended

here through probation officers.

And the store isn't peopled with them.

There are 50 working here, perhaps.

Fifty out of 2500.

What's the difference?

If the public ever finds it out

your business won't be worth a nickel.

How are they going to find it out?

No one knows them,

very few of them even know each other.

You see...

You see, Mary, that's the idea.

They're not set apart.

They don't stand there like

sideshow freaks.

Just because they made one or two mistakes

that any of us might make.


Have you something in your past...

that you never told me?


I'm sorry, Mary, nothing that romantic.

Then why?

Look, Mary...

Most people think

if they pay a few dollars to

community chests

and goodwill agencies and so on

they've done their duty

and they can shrug aside

all responsibility.

But you've got to do more than that.

Don't be ridiculous. What can

you do more than giving money?

In my case jobs.

You see, Mary...

no matter how good a person's record

has been in prison

they can't get out on parole

unless they have a job to come to.

Now, if somebody doesn't give

those poor guys a chance to go straight

how are they going to stop being criminals?

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Virginia Van Upp (January 13, 1902 – March 25, 1970) was an American film producer and screenwriter. more…

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