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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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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)
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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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5 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frank Borzage's Moonrise  »

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Garson Kanin intended to produce the story as a vehicle for John Garfield while John Farrow wanted to produce it as a vehicle for Alan Ladd. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Clem Otis: Sure is remarkable how dying can make a saint of a man.
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Referenced in Moving Pictures (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonesome
Lyrics by Theodore Strauss
Music by William Lava
Performed by Rex Ingram
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The shadow on the cradle.
19 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

During all his childhood ,Danny had only known ragging.Being the son of a hanged man was not easy when your school pals kept laughing at you.We can comprehend Danny's hate for Jerry Snykes ,the boy born silver spoon in hand ,whose father is a banker .

The resentment had been building up for years.Not only Danny was an innocent victim ,but he also showed compassion for the half-wit,the town youth's punching bag.As grandma says,he is a good guy ,and so was his father,another unfortunate victim of fate .

When Danny tries to join the human race,that is to say when he falls in love with Gilly ,it's too late: "why do you always take me far from the others?" she complains.The scene at the fair could be a respite : this is a place dear to Borzage;you may remember Margaret Sullavan on a carousel in "little man what now? " and there's a similar scene in "Liliom" .But the big wheel is also a trap.

Filmed in black and white ,often in the dark,in a desperate atmosphere ,"Moonrise" is an extraordinary film noir.It nearly matched the brilliance of Borzage's precedent decade.


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