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
|Music by||William Lava|
|Cinematography||John L. Russell|
|Edited by||Harry Keller|
Chas. K. Feldman Group Productions
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
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.
- Dane Clark as Danny Hawkins
- Gail Russell as Gilly Johnson
- Ethel Barrymore as Grandma
- Allyn Joslyn as Sheriff Clem Otis
- Rex Ingram as Mose
- Harry Morgan as Billy Scripture (as Henry Morgan)
- David Street as Ken Williams
- Selena Royle as Aunt Jessie
- Harry Carey, Jr. as Jimmy Biff
- Irving Bacon as Judd Jenkins
- Lloyd Bridges as Jerry Sykes
- Houseley Stevenson as Uncle Joe Jingle
- Phil Brown as Elmer - Soda Jerk
- Harry Cheshireas J.B. Sykes (as Harry V. Cheshire)
- Lila Leeds as Julie
- Public domain film
- List of American films of 1948
- List of films in the public domain in the United States
- Moonrise at the American Film Institute Catalog.
- W., A. (March 7, 1949). "Moonrise (1948)". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
- "The 21st Academy Awards (1949) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-18.