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You and Me

  • Directed by Fritz Lang
  • United States, 1938, 94 mins., English

Department store owner Mr. Morris (Harry Carey) runs a tight ship, but differs from his competitors in that he hires ex-convicts looking to re-make their lives and go straight. One his employees, Joe (George Raft in a typically gangsterish performance), can’t seem to keep crime off his mind and hopes to hightail it to California. Helen (Sylvia Sidney), another ex-con employee, has a different idea—to marry Joe and settle down. She’ll do just about anything—including teaching Joe and his friends that “crime doesn’t pay” in a literal, hilarious fashion. Set to a rollicking score by famed Weimar composer Kurt Weill, including the unforgettable “Song of the Cash Register,” Lang’s third American film is unjustly overlooked in his impressive body of work, a film that flopped on release but is now regarded as one of the most idiosyncratic and charming films of the period. “I wanted to make a didactic picture teaching the audience that crime doesn’t pay. Which is a lie, because crime pays very well.”—Fritz Lang.

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Other Films by Fritz Lang

Rancho Notorious

Fritz Lang’s finest Hollywood western, Rancho Notorious is an oddball Technicolor fever dream, a revenge story for the ages. Vern Haskell (a brutally angry Arthur Kennedy) sets out to kill the man who raped and murdered his fiancée (Gloria Henry), eventually crossing paths with the gunslinger Frenchy Fairmont (the perpetually squinting Mel Ferrer) and outlaw-ranch-runner

M

Featuring a new digital restoration by the Munich Film Archive, M is one of the most influential films in the thriller genre. Fritz Lang’s first sound film is a haunting, terrifying dive into an urban underworld where the lines between good and evil are disturbingly murky. Hans Beckert—Peter Lorre in an indelible performance—is a child