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The Naked Dawn (1955)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 27 December 1955 (USA)
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.

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writer:

Julian Zimet
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Kennedy ... Santiago
Betta St. John ... Maria Lopez
Eugene Iglesias ... Manuel Lopez
Roy Engel ... Guntz
Charlita Charlita ... Tita
Tony Martinez Tony Martinez ... Vicente
Francis McDonald ... Railroad Guard
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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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So close together ... only a bullet can separate them ! See more »


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Trivia

François Truffaut cited this film as an inspiration for Jules and Jim. In fact, he even mentions Jules and Jim in his review of this film. Truffaut's film came out six years later. See more »

Quotes

Santiago: Aww! You know how to die. You watch plenty others.
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Connections

Referenced in Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ai Hombre
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by William Copeland
Sung and Danced by Charlita
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A small but excellent, atmospheric western - an allegory on greed.
3 December 2009 | by andreas-27See all my reviews

An excellent little western that shows what can be done with a good story, little money, character actors and inspired direction(i.e. with no studio interference). The story unfolds in a slow but well-controlled tempo and proceeds to show how greed changes a kind-hearted man and his family into vicious money-hungry people. Edgar Ulmer, a much underrated but top-grade director, knows how to bring out the deepest and most secret feelings of his characters, through the excellent direction of his actors (Arthur Kennedy gives the best performance of his career) and create tension and the right atmosphere. On the level of John Ford's "Wagonmaster"! Should be seen and enjoyed more often. Makes you want to see more of Ulmer's works. Andreas-27


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bandit See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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