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Le Jour se Leve (1939)
"Le jour se lève" (original title)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Jules Berry ...
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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Technical Specs


| (Janus print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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With RKO's 1947 remake, The Long Night (1947), the Studio tried to have all original prints of Le jour se lève destroyed. See more »


M. Valentin: You're the type women fall in love with . . . I'm the type that interests them.
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Beautiful performances and cinematography
19 September 2000 | by (Providence, RI) – See all my reviews

A fantastic film, which plays with the emotions of the spectator while stunningly portraying the feelings of a pent-up man whose end echoes his pent-up life in the city. The film is beautifully shot in black and white and is a perfect example of French realism, with a modernist time disorientation tossed in for good measure. I found the performances by Jean Gabin and a showgirl with whom he gets involved (played by Arletty)to be strong, portrayed with a kind of hopeless, clutching pathos. Worth it simply for the beautifully constructed final shot.

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