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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dear Murderer (1947)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When successful business man Lee Warren suspects his wife is having an affair, he sets out find her lover, kill him, and make it look like suicide. Complications set in, when he finds out ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Crabtree
Stars: Eric Portman, Greta Gynt, Dennis Price
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A stranger defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Huntington
Stars: Eric Portman, Dulcie Gray, Derek Farr
Take My Life (1947)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A woman races against time to clear Nicholas Talbot of a murder he did not commit. While she works on getting proof, the prosecution is doing all it can to force a conviction.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Marius Goring
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Percy Boon lives with his mother in a shared rented house with an assortment of characters in central London. Although well intentioned, Percy becomes mixed up with gangsters and a murder. ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Gilliat
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Alastair Sim, Fay Compton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A plane flying over the Swiss Alps develops engine trouble and is forced to crash-land on a glacier. Unable to radio for help because of damaged batteries and with limited food supplies, ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Annakin, Michael C. Chorlton
Stars: Phyllis Calvert, James Donald, Margot Grahame
The Outsider (1948)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jack Read, a working-class boy, wins a scholarship to a public school as part of a post-World War Two experiment in bringing boys of different social classes together. He meets much ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Sheila Sim, Bernard Miles
Crime | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A clever and dedicated French police official, a cleverer master-thief whom he secretly admires, the woman loved by the official who is in love with the thief, at the outbreak of World War I.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Eric Portman, Guy Rolfe, Nadia Gray
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

While Lady Christabel Beauclark, a bird fancier, is scurrying about demanding certain territorial rights for British birds from other countries, Her Ladyship's niece is falling in love with... See full summary »

Director: Harold French
Stars: Michael Wilding, Margaret Rutherford, Penelope Dudley-Ward
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An attractive young French girl instigates rivalry between two brothers when she becomes the bride of the younger one.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Stars: Eric Portman, Sally Gray, Patrick Holt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Lord Brasted is in charge of a postwar fund for displaced persons. His secretary, Derek Waterhouse, visits the Prime Minister to accuse Brasted of taking money from the fund. This results ... See full summary »

Director: Harold French
Stars: Eric Portman, Anne Crawford, Hugh Williams
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The scene is Yeoman's Hospital, set in the English Midlands, soon after the NHS was founded. Sophie Dean, a young and gifted surgeon, is torn between her love for pathologist Dr Neil ... See full summary »

Director: Pat Jackson
Stars: Googie Withers, James Donald, Godfrey Tearle
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Todd ...
Eric Portman ...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

british noir | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 July 1948 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Amanhecer Fatídico  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bleak, but totally absorbing.
15 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you prefer films that are upbeat, positive and have a feel good air, then best to avoid this at all costs. However, for anyone who looks for a good storyline, with excellent casting and production values, then "Daybreak" is a rare gem. The story is both simple, and yet convoluted, but does break away from a lot of run of the mill stuff from that era of the late-40's. The only glaring problem, which detracts from making this film something of a minor classic, is the fact that it is obviously quite heavily censored. This simply results in some scenes becoming disjointed, and the flow of the film disrupted. However, this does not serve to spoil the film, but is a definite irritant. The ensemble playing by the cast is uniformly excellent. Eric Portman was always well worth watching, and Ann Todd probably produces her finest performance on screen. Edward Rigby and Bill Owen provide fine support, and that master of suppressed menace, Maxwell Reed, gives a typically dark and brooding performance, despite the dodgy Scandinavian accent! The film is not always easy to find, but is a rewarding experience for those that do find it. Just don't expect a joyous outcome!


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Gems Secondof5
Discuss Daybreak (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?