Moonrise (film)

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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
Marshall Grant
Chas. K. Feldman Group Productions
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
  • October 1, 1948 (1948-10-01) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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

This film is now in the public domain.


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 since 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.



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


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

See also[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". Retrieved 2011-08-18. 

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