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Daybreak (1948)

 -  Drama  -  12 July 1948 (UK)
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A hangman conceals his true identity when he falls in love, and sets up home with his girl on a barge in the river Thames. Tragedy strikes when the hangman's assistant tries to seduce his ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Ann Todd ...
Frankie
Eric Portman ...
Eddie
Maxwell Reed ...
Olaf
Edward Rigby ...
Bill Shackle
Bill Owen ...
Ron
Eliot Makeham ...
Mr. Bigley
Jane Hylton ...
Doris
Margaret Withers ...
Mrs.Bigley
John Turnbull ...
Superintendent
Maurice Denham ...
Inspector
Milton Rosmer ...
Governor
Lyn Evans ...
Waterman
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A hangman conceals his true identity when he falls in love, and sets up home with his girl on a barge in the river Thames. Tragedy strikes when the hangman's assistant tries to seduce his boss's wife - after a fight, the hangman is presumed drowned. The woman commits suicide, but the hangman has in fact survived, and manages to save his assistant from the gallows. Written by Anonymous

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12 July 1948 (UK)  »

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Release delayed for two years, owing to censorship problems. See more »

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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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20 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Eddie (Eric Portman) is a hangman, who makes a confession when he comes face to face with his final victim, Olaf, (Maxwell Reed). He tells the story of how he knows the victim to the Governor (Milton Rosmer). We learn of Eddie's double life - he uses an alias and has a share in a hairdresser business with Ron (Bill Owen). We follow the story as he inherits a fleet of barges and meets with Frankie (Ann Todd). They marry and settle down on a barge where Eddie hires Olaf as a workman...

The cast are quite good despite some appalling accents. Eric Portman delivers a mish-mash of a southern/northern accent and God knows what planet Maxweel Reed thought Danish people come from! My favourite in the cast is actually Jane Hylton who has a small role as "Doris" the barmaid. It's a shame that more of a role wasn't given to her.

With regards to the relationships between the characters, why didn't Eddie and Frankie just come clean with each other? He doesn't tell her of his role as a hangman and she doesn't mention anything to him about her fear of Olaf. This leads us to believe that maybe she had a previous job as a prostitute and maybe she loves it. She certainly has an independent streak as we see this on her first meeting with Eddie. I also felt that Eddie is too old for Frankie and his marriage proposal to Frankie and her acceptance after their 3rd meeting is laughable.

The film has a very downbeat ending and my girlfriend cried - not because of any affiliation to any particular character but purely because of the film's atmosphere. It's bleak.


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