Dawn (1928 film)
|Directed by||Herbert Wilcox|
|Produced by||Herbert Wilcox|
|Written by||Reginald Berkeley (play)
|Distributed by||Woolf & Freedman Film Service|
|1 March 1928|
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.
- Sybil Thorndike – Nurse Edith Cavell
- Ada Bodart – Herself
- Gordon Craig – Philippe Bodart
- Marie Ault – Mme. Rappard
- Mickey Brantford – Jacques Rappard
- Mary Brough – Mme. Pitou
- Richard Worth – Jean Pitou – Bargekeeper
- Colin Bell – Widow Deveaux
- Dacia Deane – Mme. Deveaux's Daughter
- Cecil Barry – Col. Schultz
- Frank Perfitt – Gen. von Zauberzweig
- Haddon Mason – German A.P.M.
- Maurice Braddell – British Airman
- Edward O'Neill – Lutheran Priest
- Griffith Humphreys – President of the Court Martial
- Edward Sorley – German Soldier
- Low p.66-68
- Low, Rachael. History of the British Film, 1918-1929. George Allen & Unwin, 1971.
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