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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 gubernatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him.

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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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Slugging their way to adventure !


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Many people who are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Al Lloyd, Tom Wilson, Alice Connors and Fern Barry (Accident Witnesses), Eddy Chandler (Deputy), Vera Lewis (Juror), Earl Dwire (Judge Crowder) and Frank Mayo (Telegraph Editor). In addition, a modern source lists Nat Carr and Granville Bates as cast members, but they were not seen either. See more »

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'Hood' Stacey: Ain't there a rule against talking in this young ladies riding academy?
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Wings Over the Navy
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Music by Harry Warren
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Old fashioned prison tale
12 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Even with such newer items as Brubaker and the Shawshank Redemption, Each Dawn I Die still holds up rather well if in fact it's a bit dated.

One has to remember that a film like Each Dawn I Die was made under "the Code" and a whole range of issues about prison life could not be dealt with and if so, only extremely subtly.

Still both James Cagney and George Raft give solid performances. Cagney is great in everything and Raft is in his gangster milieu so it's no stretch for him.

There's a great supporting cast of familiar Warner Brothers faces to support the two leads. I'd pay special attention to Stanley Ridges as the stir-crazy Muller and John Wray as Pete Kassock the sadistic prison guard. One of the issues not discussed is gay sex in prison. But read that dimension into Ridges's concern for buddy Louis Jean Heydt who Wray fatally injures and some of his actions become very explicable.

There is a political element here too. Cagney is a reporter who is investigating District Attorney Thurston Hall and his assistant Victor Jory. They concoct a frame for him that lands him in prison. Hall gets elected Governor and Jory gets to control the pardon board. Cagney goes before Jory to ask for a pardon and that scene itself is one of the best in the film.

A great film with a great cast, one of the best of Warner Brothers gangster products.


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