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Each Dawn I Die
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Writers:
Norman Reilly Raine (screen play) and
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Release Date:
19 August 1939 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Slugging their way to adventure !
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... 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
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A First National Picture)
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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #5085) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
This was Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's favorite American movie.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Ross:An army couldn't get you out of that courthouse. A lot of guys have tried it and they've all been buried.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Young Frankenstein (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't Give Up the ShipSee more »

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21 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
How can something this bad be that good?, 1 August 2001
Author: bobc-5 from Annandale, VA

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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