Another Dawn (film)

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Another Dawn
Another Dawn.jpg
Directed by William Dieterle
Produced by Harry Joe Brown
Written by Laird Doyle
Based on original story by Laird Doyle
Starring Errol Flynn
Kay Francis
Ian Hunter
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Edited by Ralph Dawson
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • 1937 (1937)
Running time
73 mins
Country United States
Language English
Budget $552,000[1]
Box office $1,045,000[1]

Another Dawn is a 1937 American film melodrama starring Errol Flynn and Kay Francis.


Colonel John Wister is in charge of a post in the British desert colony of Dickit. While on leave in England he meets and falls in love with the beautiful American Julia Ashton, whose aviator fiance died in a plane accident. Although Julia does not love John, she likes him and agrees to his marriage proposal.

John takes Julia to Dickit, where she meets John's best friend, Captain Denny Roark, and Denny's sister, Grace, who is secretly in love with John. Denny reminds Julia of her dead fiance and the two of them fall in love. John discovers this and although he would give her a divorce he knows that she is too decent to leave him.

An uprising by local Arabs means one of the soldiers must fly a fatal bombing mission. Denny volunteers but as he is saying good bye to Julia, John flies off instead, sacrificing his life so that his best friend and wife can be together.


Production notes[edit]


Somerset Maughams play Caesar's Wife was first performed in 1919 starring C. Aubrey Smith. It concerned Sir Arthur Little, a British consulate agent in Cairo, who married a 19 year old wife, Violet. Violet likes Little but falls in love with his private secretary, Ronald Perry.[2]

The play was filmed in 1928 as Infatuation starring Corinne Griffith.[3]


Warners bought the rights to Caesar's Wife in late 1935.[4] Errol Flynn had just impressed with Captain Blood and was announced as the male lead of Caesar's Wife in February 1936.[5]

In March it was announced Flynn and David would co star in Another Dawn and that the film would be set in Iraq with Laird Doyle, who had written Dangerous, doing the script.[6] Doyle would receive an original story credit for the film, with no attribution being given to Maugham, although the film also dealt with a love triangle between two friends and the wife of one of them in a colonial outpost.

Ian Hunter later joined as the third star.[7] In June Warners announced the movie would be one of their "special productions" for the following year.[8]

Flynn insisted that Warner Bros give him three months off after the movie so he could travel to Borneo and take footage for a movie based on a story of his. The White Rajah.[9]

Davis then went on suspension forcing Warners to find other actors to take over her roles. Tallulah Bankhead was announced for Another Dawn but the New York Times said this casting was "subject to change without notice."[10]

Eventually Warners decided to give the role to Kay Francis and William Dieterle was to direct.[11]

"I don't do much in it," said Francis. "Things just happen about me. I am just a wife who has been unfortunate in love, as usual."[12]


Filming took place on the Warners backlot and in Yuma, Arizona. Flynn apparently wrecked his ankle whilst playing tennis during the making of the film and required hospitalization.[13] Francis also missed three days filming due to toxic poisoning.[14]

William Dieterle later claimed he did not want to make the film but did it as a favour to Hal Wallis.[15] Errol Flynn did not want to make the film and did not like working for William Dieterle. He was also negotiating with Warner Bros for a new contract and on one occasion refused to come out of his trailer.[16]

Filming began September 26, 1936, but Francis was exhausted after making back to back films and it was showing up in footage. Warners was interrupted when an exhausted Francis went in holiday in Europe in November 1936.[17] It resumed and was completed in February of 1937.[1]

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was so pleased with his theme music for this production that he used it in the first movement of the Violin Concerto he wrote some years later.[18]


The film earned $572,000 domestically (in the US and Canada) and $473,000 overseas.[1]

Follow Up[edit]

In 1939 it was announced Flynn and Geraldine Fitzgerald would star in The Outpost adapted from Caesar's Wife by Somerset Maugham and directed by Michael Curitz.[19] Eventually Flynn was replaced in announcements by Cary Grant. Warners were advertising the movie was late as 1941 but it appears it was never made.[20]


  1. ^ a b c d "Another Dawn" at Kay Francis Films accessed 26 Jan 2014
  2. ^ "CAESAR'S WIFE" MAUGHAM, W SOMERSET. Play pictorial34.206 (Apr 1919): 66-79.
  3. ^ Somerset Maugham Comes To Screen: Corinne Griffin Stars in Film Version Of "Caesar's Wife" The China Press (1925-1938) [Shanghai] 20 Dec 1928: 7.
  4. ^ SCREEN NOTES New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 01 Nov 1935: 25.
  5. ^ "His Majesty, Bunker Bean" Announced as Starring Picture for John Beal: Actor Returning to Hollywood April 1 Robert Taylor Scheduled Soon to Portray Piccadilly Jim; Olivia de Havilland Will Appear Opposite Flynn in Feature Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 14 Feb 1936: A23.
  6. ^ Sigmund Romberg Will Prepare His Operetta, "Princess Flavia," for Screen: Picture May Be for MacDonald and Eddy Errol Flynn and Bette Davis Slated to do "Another Dawn;" Marion Talley to Change Film Type; Colbert Cinema Planned Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 10 Mar 1936: A19.
  7. ^ Errol Flynn Will Again Become Pirate Chieftain in "Sea Hawk" Revival: Stalwart Favorite Faces Lively Season Jack Oakie Sought for Re-Impersonation of Comedy Character in "Street Girl;" Paramount Gets "Double or Nothing" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 25 May 1936: 15.
  8. ^ WARNERS TO SHOW 60 FEATURE FILMS: 1936-37 Production Schedule Announced at Convention in Progress Here. GREEN PASTURES' LISTED Seven Other Stage Successes to Be Screened -- Adaptation of 'Anthony Adverse' Ready. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 04 June 1936: 27.
  9. ^ Flynn to Film Background of Jungle Cinema Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 18 Aug 1936: A14.
  10. ^ Roles of Bette Davis Being Redistributed -- Ann Harding's New Play, 'Love From a Stranger.' New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 20 July 1936: 11.
  11. ^ METRO PAYS $100,000 FOR FILM RIGHTS TO UNPUBLISHED BOOK: Fannie Hurst's 'Great Laughter' to Be Produced Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Sep 1936: A19.
  12. ^ Kay Francis Stars in Film of Army Life: Calls Love Scenes Just Part of Day's Work. Shaffer, George. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 20 Oct 1936: 20.
  13. ^ Mule Is a Mule Even When He Acts in Movies: Convinces Flynn a Sailor's Happier than a Soldier. SHAFFEE, GEORGE. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 10 Nov 1936: 18.
  14. ^ JEAN FONTAINE, SISTER OF STAR, WINS "QUALITY STREET" ROLE: Charles Bickford to Play Villain for Paramount Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 29 Oct 1936: 15.
  15. ^ Memo from William Dieterle to Hal Wallis, dated 21 July 1938 in Inside Warner Bros (1935-1951) Ed Rudy Behlmer, 1985 p 72
  16. ^ Lisa Mateas, "Another Dawn", Turner Classic Movies accessed 26 Jan 2014
  17. ^ FIRE SWEEPS ROOMING HOUSE Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 20 Nov 1936: A1.
  18. ^ Tony Thomas, Rudy Behlmer * Clifford McCarty, The Films of Errol Flynn, Citadel Press, 1969 p 57
  19. ^ SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Samuel Goldwyn to Start at Once Production of 'Blackout Over Europe' AVIATION DRAMA TODAY 'Flight at Midnight' to Open at Loew's Criterion--Strand Will Hold Over 'The Old Maid' Fonda's New Assignment Signed for Various Casts Of Local Origin By DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 06 Sep 1939: 32.
  20. ^ Warner Bros. Stories Listed: Million Dollars Worth of Plots on Hand for Films to Be Made in 1941 Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 03 Jan 1941: 10.

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