Dawn (1928 film)

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Movie poster for 1928 silent film Dawn.jpg
Movie poster
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Produced by Herbert Wilcox
Written by Reginald Berkeley (play)
Robert Cullen
Herbert Wilcox
Starring Sybil Thorndike
Ada Bodart
Gordon Craig
Marie Ault
Cinematography Bernard Knowles
Distributed by Woolf & Freedman Film Service
Release dates
1 March 1928
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Dawn is a 1928 British silent war film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Sybil Thorndike, Gordon Craig and Marie Ault. It was produced by Wilcox for his British & Dominions Film Corporation. The film was made at Cricklewood Studios with sets designed by Clifford Pember.

Based on a play by Reginald Berkeley, this film tells the story of World War I martyr Edith Cavell. Sybil Thorndike stars as Cavell, a nurse who risked her own life by rescuing British Prisoners of War from the Germans. When Cavell was captured and sentenced to be executed, it sparked international outrage, even from neutral nations.

One of the most controversial British films of the 1920s, Dawn was censored because of what objectors considered its brutal depiction of warfare and anti-German sentiments. Pressure was exerted by both the German Ambassador and the British Foreign Secretary Austen Chamberlain to prevent the film being passed for exhibition.[1]

Wilcox returned to the subject in 1939 with Nurse Edith Cavell starring Anna Neagle.



  1. ^ Low p.66-68

External links[edit]


  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film, 1918-1929. George Allen & Unwin, 1971.