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Each Dawn I Die (1939)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Edward Pawley ...
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Willard Robertson ...
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Paul Hurst ...
Garsky
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Lassiter
Joe Downing ...
Limpy Julien
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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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Killer Meets Killer  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 22, 1943 with George Raft reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

'Hood' Stacey: Wait a minute! What do I gotta do, fight my way back in?
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Wings Over the Navy
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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How can something this bad be that good?
1 August 2001 | by (Annandale, VA) – See all my reviews

A reporter is framed and sent to prison, but with the help of a fellow con he'll try to clear his name and set things straight. That's about as far as the plot ever gets developed and it's full of holes and completely implausible events. The characters are hopelessly cliche, mostly overacted, and the melodrama of the ending goes so far over the top as to be almost laughable. And yet somehow the film has a feeling of quality and sincerity which is able to overcome all of this.

Similar to "Fugitive from a Chain Gang", this is a 1930s Warner Brothers film with a conscience, taking aim at corrupt politicians and brutal prisons. The flaws in the film are not due to lack of effort or creativity, but simply because this is the way they used to make those types of films. Jimmy Cagney and George Raft use their talent and star appeal to draw you in and keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire movie. It isn't necessarily a film you'd go out of your way to see, but it's definitely worth watching if you get the opportunity.


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