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Let Us Live Details


Despite its comparatively upbeat ending, Let Us Live is one of the darkest and gloomiest films of the late 1930s. As working stiff Brick Tennant, Henry Fonda is once more cast as a misunderstood victim of society. Held up during a robbery-murder, Brick is himself convicted of the crime on the basis of circumstantial evidence and faulty eyewitness testimony. The authorities remain unsympathetic to the hero's plight throughout, automatically assuming that just because he's poor he's likely to be a killer. Only his sweetheart Mary Roberts (Maureen O'Sullivan) believes in Brick's innocence, and it is she who sets the wheels in motion for the ultimate capture of the genuine culprit, a scant few minutes before Brick's "long walk" to the electric chair. Based on Joseph F. Dineen's Murder in Massachusetts, the real-life story of a near-fatal miscarriage of justice in 1934, Let Us Live refuses to compromise its pessimistic tone with a phony "all smiles" fadeout. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Maureen O'Sullivan
as Mary Roberts
Henry Fonda
as "Brick" Tennant
Ralph Bellamy
as Lieutenant Everett
Alan Baxter
as Joe Lindon
Stanley Ridges
as District Attorney
Henry Kolker
as Chief of Police
George Douglas
as Ed Walsh
Martin Spellman
as Jimmy Dugan
Eric Alden
as Cop
Phil Dunham
as Nervous Man Juror
Ray Walker
as Fred Robinson
William V. Mong
as Joe Taylor, Sr.
James Blaine
Eddie Laughton
as Cab Driver
Charles Trowbridge
as Judge
Ann Doran
as Secretary Juror
Dick Curtis
as Cellmate
Arthur Loft
as Warden
Billy Lee
as Public Accountant Juror
George Cheseboro
as Jail Guard
Betty Farrington
as Mother Juror
Ian MacLaren
as Priest
Lee Shumway
as Warden's Attendant
John Qualen
as Dan
Clarence H. Wilson
as Lunchroom Proprietor
Philip Morris
as Cop
Emmett Vogan
as Bank Cashier
William Royle
as Prison Guard
Byron Foulger
as Defense Attorney
Dick Elliott
as Rotarian Juror
Tom London
as Police Sergeant
Herbert Heywood
as Theater Watchman
Harry C. Bradley
as Driver
Lee Phelps
as Cop
Alec Craig
as Bookkeeper Juror
Harry Holman
as Businessman Juror
Edmund Cobb
as Blair
Ted Oliver
as Detective


John Brahm
William Perlberg
Anthony Veiller
Lucien Ballard
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Dineen
Short Story Author