Moonrise (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Borzage
Produced by Charles Haas
Screenplay by Charles F. Haas
Based on the novel Moonrise 
by Theodore Strauss
Music by William Lava
Cinematography John L. Russell
Edited by Harry Keller
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release dates
  • October 1, 1948 (1948-10-01) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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


Dane Clark plays Danny Hawkins, the son of a murderer who was hanged for his crimes. Haunted by his father's past, the young man is tormented by the young people of the small southern town in which he lives. Hawkins' only friend is Gilly Johnson (Russell), a girl who is quickly falling in love with him. When Hawkins kills a bully 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 a harmless mute (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]


  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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