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Le Jour se Leve (1939)

Le jour se lève (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 29 July 1940 (USA)
After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events the led him to the killing.



(original scenario), (dialogue)

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Complete credited cast:
M. Valentin
Mady Berry ...
La concierge
René Génin ...
Le concierge (as Genin)
Arthur Devère ...
Mr. Gerbois (as Arthur Devere)
René Bergeron ...
Le patron du café (as Bergeron)
Marcel Pérès ...
Paulo (as Peres)
Germaine Lix ...
La chanteuse
Gabrielle Fontan ...
La vieille dame dans l'escalier
Jacques Baumer ...
Le commissaire


Francois, a sympathetic factory worker, kills Valentin with a gun. He locked himself in his furnished room and starts remembering how he was led to murder. He met once Francoise, a young fleurist, and they fell in love. But Francoise was gotten round by Valentin, a dog trainer, a machiavellian guy... Written by Yepok

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Release Date:

29 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daybreak  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,982 (USA) (21 November 2014)


$34,570 (USA) (9 January 2015)

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs


| (Janus print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The main square, on which the movie opens and in which some scenes occur afterwards, was actually created for the movie: buildings, shops, street. The tall building, in which the main character lives, was built for the movie. The back side was open, which facilitated shooting inside and notably allowed the fabulous travelling shot from top to bottom of the staircase. See more »


M. Valentin: You're the type women fall in love with . . . I'm the type that interests them.
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classic French Cinema
25 February 2002 | by (england) – See all my reviews

French cinema at its best. Ideas of freedom, entrapment, isolation and realism wound into a great film which is carried by Gabin from the opening scene of the murder, through flashbacks he has remembered to the amazingly brutal final shot. Gabin and Laurent in the factory near the beginning of the movie is poetic realism at its most involving.

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