You Only Live Once

Synopsis: Joan is the secretary to the public defender in a large city. She is in love with a career criminal named Eddie, and she believes that he is a basically good person who just had some tough breaks. She uses her influence to get him released early, and he tries to go straight after marrying her, but things don't work out, and they both go on the lam.
Director(s): Fritz Lang
Production: United Artists
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

It went over the wall!

You don't seem happy for a man

the gates are about to open for.

What do you want me to do?


There's many a man in here

that would.

I cheered the first time I got out.

They rammed it back down my throat.

They're not all like you

on the outside.

If they were, these places

would be haunted houses.

You're a grand fellow, one of

these days you'll find that out.

Thanks, father,

that's something.



Joan, darling.

You're here, you're here.

Darling, sweet.


Shake it up, Taylor.

You want to get out, don't you?


Eddie, let me get my breath.

I can't keep my hands off you.

You thought

I wouldn't be here.

I was afraid even

to ask Whitney.

My letters,

didn't you believe them?

I do now.

Are you cute!

Come on, let's get away

from here.

Thanks again, Stephen.

And you too, father.

You both know how I feel.

That goes for me too.

Most lawyers are just agents,

but you're not.

Thanks for lining up the job, too.

That's alright.


Goodbye, and good luck.


It was a great thing you did,

getting him out for her.

You won't regret it.

There's a lot more good in Taylor

than most people think.

I hope you're right,

but I think she's made a mistake.

It's only natural you'd think that,

feeling the way you do about her.

Father, what is it

she feels for him?

Is it love? Pity?

I've a faint suspicion

it's more than pity.

What a nest

for a honeymoon.

How did you find it?

I spent 3 years

looking for it.

You know, Esther?

I've seen that fella's face somewhere

before. And I don't like it.

If you attended your chores instead

of reading detective periodicals...

you wouldn't be so suspicious

of everybody.

I'm right to be suspicious.

When he asked me for a room...

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Gene Towne

Gene Towne (March 27, 1904 – March 17, 1979) was an American screenwriter. He wrote for 47 films between 1921 and 1958. He was born in New York, New York and died in Woodland Hills, California from a heart attack. more…

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