Danny Hawkins, who lives in a psychological shadow because his father died by a hangman's noose, accidentally kills a man in a fight over a girl, Gilly Johnson, and is afraid to notify the police. He wins the love of the girl but when she tries to influence him to admit his guilt, he runs away. Written by
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"Moonrise" is director Frank Borzage's most astonishingly beautiful films; his best known work, his last great film, and yet it is also very atypical of his work. The story is film noirish and deliberately departs from the kind of soft-focus, tender love stories Borzage specialized in (e.g. "Man's Castle", "Little Man,What Now?"). As some critics have pointed out, the film's formal, experimental blend of neo-Expressionism and rural lyricism anticipates Charles Laughton's "The Night of the Hunter", but unlike Laughton's film, "Moonrise" strangely retains Borzage's sense of romanticism and transcendence. "Moonrise" concerns Danny Hawkins (Dane Clark), the son of a convicted murderer, who unexpectedly kills one of his tormenters (Lloyd Bridges). Not wanting to relive his father's fate, he has to confront the consequences of his crime as he is chased by the authority. He flees from the police and falls in love with Gilly Johnson (the beautiful Gail Russell) and their love both relieves and transcends the problems that are keeping them apart.
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