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Moonrise (1948)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 November 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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Billy Scripture (as Henry Morgan)
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Ken Williams
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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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5 November 1948 (USA)  »

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Frank Borzage's Moonrise  »

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$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

Grandma: A coward blames what he does on other folks.
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Referenced in Moving Pictures (2016) See more »

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I'll Be Home for Christmas
(uncredited)
Written by Walter Kent, Buck Ram and Kim Gannon
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Atmospheric, Bad Dreamlike, Emotional Mood Piece
7 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Really interesting photography and moody music sets the tone in this very stylish, excellent film noir about a troubled, bitter man who has a rather bad temper caused by the treatment he has received over the years based on the hanging of his father for murder. One youth who taunted him in childhood has now become a rival for a young lady he admires and in an act of violence and anger, he ends up killing this bully with a rock. But - during the crime he drops his pocket knife which is picked up by a local man who is deaf and mute.

This film is very dark and atmospheric, full of facial close-ups, shadowy rooms, and an interestingly photographed ferris wheel ride with cop and panicky murderer in separate seats as the wheel goes round and round. Well done performances by all, I thought Dane Clark very convincing in his role - he really comes across as broody and bitter. Ethel Barrymore really good in her small, but effective part as his grandmother and Harry Morgan very memorable as the deaf-mute young man. I saw this film on the big screen and the print looked really great, with very sharp black and white contrast. A first-rate film.


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