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Moonrise (1948)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 October 1948 (USA)
Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty.

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(screenplay) (as Charles Haas), (novel)
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Cast

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Grandma
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Sheriff Clem Otis
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Mose
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Billy Scripture (as Henry Morgan)
David Street ...
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Aunt Jessie
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Jimmy Biff
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Judd Jenkins
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Jerry Sykes
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Uncle Joe Jingle
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Elmer - Soda Jerk
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J.B. Sykes (as Harry V. Cheshire)
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Julie
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Storyline

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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HER ARMS...HER LOVE...HIS ONLY ESCAPE FROM A HERITAGE OF HATE! (original poster -all caps)


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Release Date:

1 October 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frank Borzage's Moonrise  »

Box Office

Budget:

$849,452 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Stewart had been considered to star, cast and direct the film. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Clem Otis: Sure is remarkable how dying can make a saint of a man.
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Connections

Referenced in Moving Pictures (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Moonrise Song (It Just Dawned On Me)
Lyrics by Harry Tobias
Music by William Lava
Performed by David Street
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An intriguing and highly evocative film that defies easy categorization
19 February 2001 | by (Ithaca, New York) – See all my reviews

Although the story could have easily been adapted into a gritty film noir, director Frank Borzage turns it into a dreamlike, and even romantic, saga of guilt and expiation. The plot is simple and uncomplicated. No cynical, wisecracking dialogue; no hard-boiled detectives or double-crossing femme fatales. The small town setting with frequent rural scenes creates a world far removed from the unusual noir cityscape. The love story unfolds with both strong sexual attraction and delicacy. Imbued with a strong atmosphere and vision all its own, MOONRISE resists easy classification. Like THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, it succeeds in creating a drama of mythic resonance in an American rural setting.


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