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Daybreak (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 12 July 1948 (UK)
A hangman conceals his true identity when he falls in love, and sets up home with his girl on a barge in the river Thames. Tragedy strikes when the hangman's assistant tries to seduce his ... See full summary »

Director:

Compton Bennett

Writers:

Monckton Hoffe (by), Muriel Box (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eric Portman ... Eddie
Ann Todd ... Frankie
Maxwell Reed ... Olaf
Edward Rigby ... Bill Shackle
Bill Owen ... Ron
Jane Hylton ... Doris
Eliot Makeham ... Mr. Bigley
Margaret Withers Margaret Withers ... Mrs. Bigley
John Turnbull ... Superintendent
Maurice Denham ... Inspector
Milton Rosmer ... Governor
Lyn Evans Lyn Evans ... Waterman
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A hangman conceals his true identity when he falls in love, and sets up home with his girl on a barge in the river Thames. Tragedy strikes when the hangman's assistant tries to seduce his boss's wife - after a fight, the hangman is presumed drowned. The woman commits suicide, but the hangman has in fact survived, and manages to save his assistant from the gallows. Written by Anonymous

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british noir | See All (1) »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Amanhecer Fatídico See more »

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Production Co:

Sydney Box Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Quotes

Ron: If you ask me it's a miracle you're alive.
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Soundtracks

Daisy Bell
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Dacre
Sung by the boat crowd
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Good story - marred by censorship.
20 February 2012 | by r_d_marchantSee all my reviews

The acting in this film noir is mostly wooden - Ann Todd apart. The best parts were probably left on the cutting room floor,courtesy of the censor. What's left is just the husk of a compelling story from Monckton Hoffe. The fight scene was atrocious and unconvincing, but the film is saved from itself because of the eeriness of the rain-soaked scenes, presumably shot at Hammersmith near the Riverside Studios. Shots of the Palais De Danse and the Rialto seem to give credence to this assertion. Bill Owen is his usual matter-of-fact self, and ends this sad story. The sound quality has suffered over the years - the opening music especially. All the criticism apart, the life on-board a barge and views of Gravesend riverfront before demolition to make way for soulless housing development are good reasons to buy the DVD (if you can find one)- and keep a strong drink handy for the ending. You have been warned.


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