Moonrise (film)

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Moonrise
Moonrise (1948 film poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Borzage
Produced by Charles F. Haas
Screenplay by Charles F. Haas
Based on the novel Moonrise 
by Theodore Strauss
Starring Dane Clark
Gail Russell
Ethel Barrymore
Music by William Lava
Cinematography John L. Russell
Edited by Harry Keller
Production
company
Marshall Grant Pictures
Chas. K. Feldman Group
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Worldvision Enterprises
Peter Rodgers Organization
Release dates
  • October 1, 1948 (1948-10-01) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
85 minutes
(West Germany)
Country United States
Language English

Moonrise is an American 1948 film noir directed by Frank Borzage and starring Dane Clark, Gail Russell and Ethel Barrymore.[1]

Plot[edit]

Danny Hawkins (Dane Clark) is the son of a murderer who was hanged for his crimes. Haunted by his father's past already in his childhood, the young man is tormented by the young people of the small southern town in which he lives. Hawkins' only friend is Gilly Johnson (Gail Russell), a girl who is quickly falling in love with him. When Hawkins kills her bully boyfriend Jerry Sykes (Lloyd Bridges) (who by the way was one of the children tormenting him silence early years) in self-defense, he fears the same fate as his father. When the dead body is found and Sheriff Clem Otis (Allyn Joslyn) starts closing in, Danny becomes crazed. He jumps off a Ferris wheel and nearly strangles the harmless mute Billy Scripture (Harry Morgan) who found Hawkins' pocket knife near the body. While hiding out in the swamps, Hawkins visits his Grandma (Barrymore) who tells him the truth about his father's crime. Hawkins realizes he's not tainted by "bad blood" and turns himself in to the police.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The New York Times wrote that "the book towers above the picture" despite its fidelity to the source.[2]

Accolades[edit]

Nomination: Moonrise received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Recording (Daniel J. Bloomberg) in 1948.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moonrise at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ W., A. (March 7, 1949). "Moonrise (1948)". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The 21st Academy Awards (1949) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 

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