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Each Dawn I Die (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 August 1939 (USA)
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A corrupt D.A. with governatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Norman Reilly Raine (screen play), Warren Duff (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Frank Ross
George Raft ... 'Hood' Stacey
Jane Bryan ... Joyce
George Bancroft ... John Armstrong
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Fargo Red
Stanley Ridges ... Meuller
Alan Baxter ... Carlisle
Victor Jory ... Grayce
John Wray ... Pete Kassock
Edward Pawley ... Dale
Willard Robertson ... Lang
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Ross
Paul Hurst ... Garsky
Louis Jean Heydt ... Lassiter
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Limpy Julien
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Storyline

Although innocent, reporter Frank Ross is found guilty of murder and is sent to jail. While his friends at the newspaper try to find out who framed him, Frank gets hardened by prison life and his optimism turns into bitterness. He meets fellow-inmate Stacey and they decide to help each other. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Slugging their way to adventure !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer Meets Killer See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,111,000, 31 December 1939
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 22, 1943 with George Raft reprising his film role. See more »

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Quotes

Frank Ross: An army couldn't get you out of that courthouse. A lot of guys have tried it and they've all been buried.
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Soundtracks

Don't Give Up the Ship
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by the band in the theater before the showing of the movie
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An innocent man must beat the rap.
16 August 2003 | by Michael O'KeefeSee all my reviews

Prison classic. Even in 1939 this must have been predictable. But James Cagney and George Raft keep this prison yarn on its feet. A top notch newspaper reporter(Cagney)is railroaded into a prison sentence on a trumped up murder charge. Even with help on the inside from a slick convict(Raft)it is just too hard to prove his innocence to the warden(George Bancroft). This busy crime drama also features: Maxie Rosenbloom, Victor Jory, Emma Dunn, Stanley Ridges and John Wray. The melodrama is a little thick and most characters are over acted, but this is still too good of a flick to pass up.


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