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Writers:
Norman Reilly Raine (screen play) and
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Release Date:
19 August 1939 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Although innocent, reporter Frank Ross is found guilty of murder and is sent to jail. While his friends... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Excellent gangster film See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Frank Ross

George Raft ... 'Hood' Stacey

Jane Bryan ... Joyce
George Bancroft ... John Armstrong
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ... Fargo Red (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
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 ... Limpy Julien
Thurston Hall ... Hanley
William B. Davidson ... Bill Mason (as William Davidson)
Clay Clement ... Stacey's Attorney
Charles Trowbridge ... Judge
Harry Cording ... Temple
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abner Biberman ... Shake Edwards (uncredited)
Martin Cichy ... Convict (uncredited)
John Conte ... Narrator (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Parole Board Member (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Convict (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Policeman (uncredited)
Arthur Gardner ... Man in Car (uncredited)
Jack A. Goodrich ... Accident Witness (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Guard in Cell (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Mack Gray ... Joe - a Gangster (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Court Officer (uncredited)
John Harron ... Jerry - a Reporter (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Guard (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Johnny - a Gangster (uncredited)
Max Hoffman Jr. ... Gate Guard (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Accident Witness (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Mac - a Guard (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Parole Board Member (uncredited)
John Irwin ... Convict (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Editor Patterson (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Convict (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Walter Miller ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Lew Morphy ... Trial Warden (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Parole Board Member (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Guard in Movie Room (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Guard in Warden's Office (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Convict (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Bud - a Gangster (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Hoodlum Who Helps Frame Ross (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Guard (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Guard (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ... Convict (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Accident Witness (uncredited)
Napoleon Simpson ... Mose - a Black Convict (uncredited)
Garland Smith ... Man in Car (uncredited)
Jack C. Smith ... Guard (uncredited)
James P. Spencer ... Bald Convict (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Convict (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Convict (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Convict (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Convict (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Prosecutor (uncredited)
Leo White ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Convict (uncredited)
Maris Wrixon ... Girl in Car (uncredited)

Directed by
William Keighley 
 
Writing credits
Norman Reilly Raine (screen play) and
Warren Duff (screen play)

Jerome Odlum (from the novel by)

Charles Perry  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
David Lewis .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Richards (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Max Parker 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett Alton Brown .... sound (as E.A. Brown)
 
Stunts
Mike Lally .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Riebe .... stunt double: George Raft (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William Buckley .... technical advisor
 
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  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A First National Picture)
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92 min
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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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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 »
Quotes:
'Hood' Stacey:Ain't there a rule against talking in this young ladies riding academy?See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Excellent gangster film, 9 May 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Though made in 1939, "Each Dawn I Die" looks more as if it were made in 1935 - it's a Warner Brothers gangster film, the kind they did so many of in the early 1930s. It stars two dancers nonetheless adept at gangster films - James Cagney and George Raft. Cagney plays Frank Ross, a newspaper reporter who uncovers graft but is framed for a crime and sent to prison. His friends on the outside work to get him out but don't have much luck, so he works in the prison twill factory. There he meets "Hood" Stacey, who promises that if Frank will help him break out of prison, he'll find out what happened to Frank and get evidence to clear him. Stacey is brought to court on a murder rap with Frank as the main witness (as planned). Stacey jumps out the courthouse window and escapes in a waiting vehicle. However, when he sees all the photographers there, he figures Frank gave him away and does nothing to help him. The newspaper reports are also a giveaway to the prison authorities that Frank was involved. When he refuses to give up Frank, he is severely punished.

This is a very exciting movie with a great cast, fast-moving and well directed by William Keighley. Besides the two leads, the film features Jane Bryan as Cagney's girlfriend, Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom as one of the prisoners and Victor Jory as a corrupt politician. Other prisoners are played by Stanley Ridges, Alan Baxter and Edward Pawley, all very believable.

Both Cagney and Raft are likable, even though Raft plays a mobster. The two have a great chemistry, which goes a long way toward making this film work as well as it does. In a way, Raft has the showier role, but Cagney, a far more versatile actor, has a part of more depth - his character goes from a reporter to humble prisoner to an angry, bitter man.

My one question is, the Cagney character is knocked out and doused with liquor, and then his car is put in drive, killing three people. That is the crime for which he goes to prison. Didn't they do blood tests in those days? Maybe not. And maybe everything was faked since the fix was in. It was one point that bothered me.

The actress Jane Bryan left Hollywood to marry - well, there's no other way to say it - she married Rexall Drugs. She was a very pretty woman and a lovely actress, but Hollywood's loss was definitely her gain!

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