Cinematography by Leon Shamroy. "Desire" list. The amazing Sidney, that reminds Gaynor in the hands of Murnau and Borzage - her permanent affective availability. Alongside Fonda, again crystalline of so much justice and honesty, an unblemished romantic figure of the classic cinema, voice and face that matches so clearly.
"Fine world. First, they kill the chicken, Taylor eats the chicken. Then, they kill Taylor."
"Tell him they took all the cash. They robbed the cash register too."
Nice cinematography, early Bonnie & Clyde plot but that's all because of the Hollywood studio system. Not Lang's fault. 3/5
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Fritz Lang's direction really stands out here, namely during the prison sequence and Eddie's escape. Sylvia Sidney was a goddamn doll and Henry Fonda wasn't bad. Unfortunately the viscous melodrama reminded me why I'm not too fond of movies from the 30s and the story wasn't smoothed out very well. I don't think its as good as everyone else does but its not bad either.
Bleak movie about justice. "I'll do it again" says Sylvia Sidney to Henry Fonda just before dying. According to Imdb, 14 minutes of the film were cut by the Production Code Administration. Bleak, very bleak. Highly recommended.
Emotion recollected in love & despair. Even though the unfolding of the events may seem quite insipid overall, the inquisitive eye could easily grasp one-thousand-and-one exquisite scenes which compensate. Not to mention Sylvia's more than lovely appearance.