Directed by Fritz Lang • 1937 • United States
Starring Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane
Fritz Lang brings his bitterly ironic fatalism to this prototypical couple-on-the-run crime drama and key forerunner of film noir. Ex-con Eddie Taylor (Henry Fonda) is a career criminal struggling to start a new, honest life with his sympathetic wife, Joan (Sylvia Sidney). An armored-car robbery gone wrong—with Eddie fingered as the prime suspect—is the beginning of a string of disastrous breaks for the couple as they go on the lam in a desperate attempt to outrun their destinies.