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Daybreak (1948)

A hangman conceals his true identity when he falls in love, and sets up home with his girl on a barge in the river Thames. Tragedy strikes when the hangman's assistant tries to seduce his ... See full summary »

Director:

Compton Bennett

Writers:

Muriel Box (screenplay), Sydney Box (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Todd ... Frankie
Eric Portman ... Eddie
Maxwell Reed ... Olaf
Edward Rigby ... Bill Shackle
Bill Owen ... Ron
Eliot Makeham ... Mr. Bigley
Jane Hylton ... Doris
Margaret Withers Margaret Withers ... Mrs.Bigley
John Turnbull ... Superintendent
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... Inspector
Milton Rosmer ... Governor
Lyn Evans Lyn Evans ... Waterman
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A hangman conceals his true identity when he falls in love, and sets up home with his girl on a barge in the river Thames. Tragedy strikes when the hangman's assistant tries to seduce his boss's wife - after a fight, the hangman is presumed drowned. The woman commits suicide, but the hangman has in fact survived, and manages to save his assistant from the gallows. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Amanhecer Fatídico See more »

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Production Co:

Sydney Box Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Release delayed for two years, owing to censorship problems. See more »

Quotes

Ron: If you ask me it's a miracle you're alive.
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Soundtracks

Daisy Bell
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Dacre
Sung by the boat crowd
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Hanging Around
23 September 2014 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

According to Quinlan this film was held back from release for 2 years because of problems with the censor.Since producers normally worked in co operation with the BBFC this does seem rather strange.Watching the film now and comparing it say with No Orchids For Miss Blandish it is difficult to understand what problems might have arisen.A more likely reason is the sheer grimness of this film.If it was made in 1945 it was hardly likely to appeal to an audience who had only recently been under attach from V2 weapons.So presumably the producers put it on the shelf waiting for a more appropriate moment to show.The film starts with Portman as the hangman approaching the cell of a condemned man and the mood goes down from there,if that is possible.The story is rather a mess and the pairing between Portman and Todd unlikely in the extreme.The ending is about as downbeat as you will ever find.Definitely not a film I would ever wish to see again!


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