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The Sun Sets at Dawn (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 November 1950 (USA)
A young man is wrongly convicted and sentenced to be executed. Reporters covering the execution relate the story, each from his own perspective.

Director:

Paul Sloane (as Paul H. Sloane)

Writer:

Paul Sloane (as Paul H. Sloane)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sally Parr Sally Parr ... The Girl
Patrick Waltz ... Bill - the Boy (as Philip Shawn)
Walter Reed ... The Chaplain
Lee Frederick Lee Frederick ... Blackie (as Lee Fredericks)
Houseley Stevenson ... Pops (as Housley Stevenson)
Howard St. John ... The Warden
Louise Lorimer ... The Warden's Wife
Raymond Bramley Raymond Bramley ... Jim - Deputy Warden
Charles Meredith ... Reporter, AP
Jack Reynolds Jack Reynolds ... Ed - Reporter, EP
King Donovan ... Reporter, National News Service
Charles Arnt ... Reporter, Globe Express
Sam Edwards ... Reporter, Herald
Percy Helton ... Reporter, Feature Syndicate
Perry Ivins Perry Ivins ... Reporter, Forty-Six (as Perry Ivans)
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A young man awaits execution on death row for the murder of a political boss. Although h continues to protest his innocence, only his sweetheart, the prison priest, and the warden and his wife believe him. Reporters discuss the case and similar ones, and one of them relates a story that may save the innocent man's life. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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6 Shots Fired as One...The Parrot's Trademark!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sun Sets at Dawn See more »

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Production Co:

Holiday Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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That's Not What Dawn Means, But...
19 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Patrick Waltz is to be executed at dawn. All the wire services and papers in the state are covering it because it's the first use of the state's brand new electric chair. Waltz says he didn't do it, but no one else could have. His girl, Sally Parr, is heartbroken.

Writer-Director Paul Sloan has cinematographer Lionel Lindon shoot it as a peculiarly sparse film noir. The movie takes place in two locations: the prison, and a truck stop run by Housely Stevens, where the reporters wait and discuss what happened. There is no flashback, no femme fatale, and the villain of the piece turns out to be ambiguous. Sloan's world may be black and white, but his story resides in the grey.

Sloan was one of the early auteurs of American film. He broke into the movies as a writer for Edison. His first credit was as co-writer of THE COSSACK WHIP. By 1925, he was writing and directing his own movies for Paramount: 24 of them by 1939. Then nothing until this one, released by Eagle-Lion. Two years he turned out his last movie, in Japan. He died in 1963, aged seventy.

It's a bare outline of a life I offer for a bare outline of a third act for a film noir.


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