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Edward G. Robinson,
Although innocent, reporter Frank Ross is found guilty of murder and is sent to jail. While his friends at the newspaper try to find out who framed him, Frank gets hardened by prison life and his optimism turns into bitterness. He meets fellow-inmate Stacey and they decide to help each other.Written by
Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>
The main reason for watching this 1939 Warner Bros. picture is the allure of excellent ensemble performances by the cast that was assembled for it. William Keighley directed this black and white movie with great style in the way he staged the picture.
The teaming of James Cagney and George Raft proved to be an added attraction. James Cagney, who had been seen as a bad guy in most of his gangster oriented movies, plays a good guy here who ends up in jail for a crime he didn't commit. George Raft practically steals the movie and makes it his own. The chemistry between both stars is what makes the movie work. It was notorious how both Mr. Cagney and Mr. Raft enjoyed working with one another, and it translates to what one sees in the finished product.
The other great asset going for "Each Dawn I Die" is the strong ensemble cast that was put together to support the principals. George Bancroft, Max Rosenbloom, John Wray, Victor Jory and Edward Pawley are seen doing incredible work. Jane Bryan plays Joyce Conover, the good girl who believes in the innocence of her boyfriend and fights for his release.
Even though some aspects of the film are far fetched, it involves the viewer like other films of this genre thanks to the direction of Mr. Keighley and the excellent work he got out of his cast and crew.
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