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Moonrise (1948)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 October 1948 (USA)
Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Charles F. Haas (screenplay) (as Charles Haas), Theodore Strauss (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dane Clark ... Danny Hawkins
Gail Russell ... Gilly Johnson
Ethel Barrymore ... Grandma
Allyn Joslyn ... Sheriff Clem Otis
Rex Ingram ... Mose
Harry Morgan ... Billy Scripture (as Henry Morgan)
David Street David Street ... Ken Williams
Selena Royle ... Aunt Jessie
Harry Carey Jr. ... Jimmy Biff
Irving Bacon ... Judd Jenkins
Lloyd Bridges ... Jerry Sykes
Houseley Stevenson ... Uncle Joe Jingle
Phil Brown ... Elmer - Soda Jerk
Harry Cheshire ... J.B. Sykes (as Harry V. Cheshire)
Lila Leeds ... Julie
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Storyline

Danny Hawkins, who lives in a psychological shadow because his father died by a hangman's noose, accidentally kills a man in a fight over a girl, Gilly Johnson, and is afraid to notify the police. He wins the love of the girl but when she tries to influence him to admit his guilt, he runs away. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HER ARMS...HER LOVE...HIS ONLY ESCAPE FROM A HERITAGE OF HATE! (original poster -all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Borzage's Moonrise See more »

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Budget:

$849,452 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ethel Barrymore gets third billing, but she does not appear until 10 minutes from the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Clem Otis: Sometimes, murder is like love. It takes two to commit it: The man who hates and the man who's hated. The killer and the killed.
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Referenced in Moving Pictures (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Moonrise Song (It Just Dawned On Me)
Lyrics by Harry Tobias
Music by William Lava
Performed by David Street
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The shadow on the cradle.
19 September 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

During all his childhood ,Danny had only known ragging.Being the son of a hanged man was not easy when your school pals kept laughing at you.We can comprehend Danny's hate for Jerry Snykes ,the boy born silver spoon in hand ,whose father is a banker .

The resentment had been building up for years.Not only Danny was an innocent victim ,but he also showed compassion for the half-wit,the town youth's punching bag.As grandma says,he is a good guy ,and so was his father,another unfortunate victim of fate .

When Danny tries to join the human race,that is to say when he falls in love with Gilly ,it's too late: "why do you always take me far from the others?" she complains.The scene at the fair could be a respite : this is a place dear to Borzage;you may remember Margaret Sullavan on a carousel in "little man what now? " and there's a similar scene in "Liliom" .But the big wheel is also a trap.

Filmed in black and white ,often in the dark,in a desperate atmosphere ,"Moonrise" is an extraordinary film noir.It nearly matched the brilliance of Borzage's precedent decade.


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