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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 Maureen O'Sullivan, 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
James Blaine
William Royle
as Prison Guard
Philip Morris
as Cop
Lee Phelps
as Cop
Alec Craig
as Bookkeeper Juror
Harry Holman
as Businessman Juror
Ann Doran
as Secretary Juror
Dick Elliott
as Rotarian Juror
Harry C. Bradley
as Driver
Billy Lee
as Public Accountant Juror
Eric Alden
as Cop
Arthur Loft
as Warden
Eddie Laughton
as Cab Driver
Byron Foulger
as Defense Attorney
John Qualen
as Dan
Emmett Vogan
as Bank Cashier
Ted Oliver
as Detective
Ian MacLaren
as Priest
Herbert Heywood
as Theater Watchman
George Cheseboro
as Jail Guard
Phil Dunham
as Nervous Man Juror
Ray Walker
as Fred Robinson
Charles Trowbridge
as Judge
Tom London
as Police Sergeant
William V. Mong
as Joe Taylor, Sr.
Dick Curtis
as Cellmate
Clarence H. Wilson
as Lunchroom Proprietor
Edmund Cobb
as Blair
Betty Farrington
as Mother Juror
Lee Shumway
as Warden's Attendant


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