The Naked Dawn (1955)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Western  |  30 November 1955 (Denmark)
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In Mexico, at the dawn of the automobile, modern bandit Santiago burglarizes train freight cars and falls in love with a poor farmer's wife.



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Complete credited cast:
Betta St. John ...
Maria Lopez
Eugene Iglesias ...
Manuel Lopez
Charlita ...
Tita (entertainer)
Roy Engel ...
Guntz (fence)
Tony Martinez ...
Francis McDonald ...
Railroad guard


Santiago, a jolly modern bandito, has just lost his partner when he happens on the isolated farm of young Manuel and Maria Lopez. Manuel's aid is enlisted in what develops into a violent encounter with Santiago's fence. Exposed to money, the fast life, and Santiago's anarchistic philosophy, Manuel (formerly simple and hardworking) is in serious danger of being corrupted (and Maria is not immune either)... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

30 November 1955 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

The Bandit  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Loosely adapted from a short story by Maxim Gorky See more »


Santiago: Aww! You know how to die. You watch plenty others.
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Featured in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »


Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by William Copeland
Sung and Danced by Charlita
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An extremely talented actor finally scores a starring role.
30 December 2003 | by (camp hill pa) – See all my reviews

This movie provides the viewer with an opportunity to see a truly gifted,if unsung actor, in a role that he owns. Arthur Kennedy played many supporting roles in the 40's and 50's and was nominated five times for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor. During that time he acted for most of the outstanding directors of the period and with actors like Mitchum,Sinatra,Douglas,to name a few. Long overdue for a memorable starring role, he finally has the lead in this movie. As Santiago he demonstrates how callousness and gentleness of spirit can reside believably in the same person. His contact with th peasant couple ultimately changes forever their views of the future as well as his own and final redemption. This is a movie one can see only on TV late shows. A pity, but if you're lucky enough to catch it, you'll be rewarded. Guaranteed.

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