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Each Dawn I Die (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 August 1939 (USA)
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A corrupt D.A. with political ambitions is angered by news stories implicating him in criminal activity and decides to frame the reporter who wrote them for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Norman Reilly Raine (screen play), Warren Duff (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Frank Ross
George Raft ... 'Hood' Stacey
Jane Bryan ... Joyce
George Bancroft ... John Armstrong
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Fargo Red
Stanley Ridges ... Meuller
Alan Baxter ... Carlisle
Victor Jory ... Grayce
John Wray ... Pete Kassock
Edward Pawley ... Dale
Willard Robertson ... Lang
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Ross
Paul Hurst ... Garsky
Louis Jean Heydt ... Lassiter
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Limpy Julien
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Storyline

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>

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Slugging their way to adventure !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer Meets Killer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$735,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,111,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's favorite American movie. See more »

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Quotes

'Hood' Stacey: You're the only guy I ever met that gave me a break without putting the bee on me for dough.
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Soundtracks

Wings Over the Navy
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the showing of and taken from the film Wings of the Navy (1939)
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Jailhouse blues
20 July 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

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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