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She Returned at Dawn (1938)

Retour à l'aube (original title)


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Guy Carbonnel, a rich industrialist, has more eyes for rugby than for his wife Hélène. René Rivals, his long-time pal, takes advantage of it to court her but Guy is becoming suspicious so ... See full summary »

Director: André Cayatte
Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Lise Delamare, Monique Joyce


Cast overview, first billed only:
Anita Ammer
Pierre Dux ...
Karl Ammer
Jacques Dumesnil ...
Dick Farmer aka 'Keith'
Pierre Mingand ...
Samson Fainsilber ...
L'inspecteur Veber
Marcel Delaître ...
Le commissaire (as Delaître)
Thérèse Dorny ...
La directrice de la maison de couture
Louis Florencie
Léonce Corne ...
Un ami d'Osten
André Numès Fils ...
Le notaire (as Numes Fils)
Jacques Henley ...
Un ami d'Osten
Robert Ozanne ...
Un voyageur
Yvonne Yma
Marcelle Barry


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18 November 1938 (France)  »

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She Returned at Dawn  »

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1.37 : 1
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Dans mon coeur
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by André Hornez
Sung by Danielle Darrieux
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Cinderella's got a brand new dress .
24 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Retour A l'Aube" belongs to Decoin's light-hearted rosy comedies but its last part foreshadows his brilliant series of films noirs in the forties,which he would continue in the following decade,with relatively less artistic success.

Sorry,Didier (the precedent user) but I do not think that it's one of the best works by Decoin.It takes place in a chocolate box Hungary ,where you pay ,as everyone past infancy must know,in Francs (!).The first scene (the wedding) is given a folk treatment complete with costumes and music ,but it does not fool people .

Darrieux portrays some kind of Hungarian (!) Madame Bovary ,whose marriage to a station master has left her a frustrated woman :she dreams of romanticism and the train she takes to get to the big city will allow her to become Cinderella for one night.

As I wrote above ,the most interesting thing about this okay movie is the elements of thriller which bursts into what was a charming dreamlike tale ;this is the key to Decoin's future as he will make his way through the forties ,with "L'Homme De Londres" "Les Inconnus Dans La Maison" and culminate with these overlooked desperate movies such as "La Fille Du Diable" (IMHO ,his masterpiece)or ""Les Amants Du Pont Saint-Jean"

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