The 7th Dawn (1964)

123 mins | Drama | 1964

Writer:

Karl Tunberg

Producer:

Charles K. Feldman

Cinematographer:

F. A. Young

Production Designer:

John Stoll

Production Company:

Holdean Productions
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HISTORY

Filmed on location in Malaysia, in and around Kuala Lumpur. Opened in London in Aug 1964. Working titles: Wherever Love Takes Me , and The Third Road ... More Less

Filmed on location in Malaysia, in and around Kuala Lumpur. Opened in London in Aug 1964. Working titles: Wherever Love Takes Me , and The Third Road . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir, 2d unit
Asst dir
1st & 2nd asst dir
Asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Focus puller
Cam grip
Cam op, 2d unit
Focus puller, 2d unit
Cam grip, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Draughtsman
COSTUMES
Ward supv
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Cont
Constr mgr
Stills
Chargehand prop
Ch elec
Prop, 2d unit
Stuntman, 2d unit
Stuntman, 2d unit
Main titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Durian Tree by Michael Keon (New York, 1960).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Wherever Love Takes Me
The Third Road
Premiere Information:
Boston opening: 24 June 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Holdean Productions
Copyright Date:
24 June 1964
Copyright Number:
LP28504
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
123
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

At the end of World War II in Malaya Ferris, Ng, and Dhana, three leaders of the guerrillas who fought the Japanese, part company. Ng, a Malayan-Chinese, goes to Moscow to complete his education, and Dhana and Ferris remain in Malaya. Eight years later Ferris is a successful plantation owner very much in love with Dhana, his mistress, who is now a prominent schoolteacher. Communist terrorists have launched a campaign of murder and destruction to drive the British from Malaya, but Ferris' interests are not touched. It is discovered that Ng is back in Malaya leading the terrorists, and Ferris reluctantly promises the British Resident to talk to Ng. Ng, though pleased to see Ferris, will not agree to a compromise. Returning from the meeting, Ferris meets Candace, the Resident's daughter, and agrees to attend a ball at the Residency that evening. A grenade is tossed among the dancers at the ball, and Ferris saves Candace's life by throwing her to the floor. In retaliation the British burn the village where Dhana teaches (which is thought to house many terrorists), despite Ferris and Dhana's protests. Dhana, whose sympathies are divided between the terrorists and the colonists, is arrested when police, acting on a tip, find grenades in her bicycle basket. She is sentenced to die but is offered her life if she or Ferris will reveal Ng's hideout. They refuse. Candace pleads with Dhana, who only asks Candace to look after Ferris after her death. Candace then goes to Ng and offers herself as a hostage, hoping her father will release Dhana. Ng holds her captive and distributes posters announcing that Candace will be killed unless Dhana is released ... +


At the end of World War II in Malaya Ferris, Ng, and Dhana, three leaders of the guerrillas who fought the Japanese, part company. Ng, a Malayan-Chinese, goes to Moscow to complete his education, and Dhana and Ferris remain in Malaya. Eight years later Ferris is a successful plantation owner very much in love with Dhana, his mistress, who is now a prominent schoolteacher. Communist terrorists have launched a campaign of murder and destruction to drive the British from Malaya, but Ferris' interests are not touched. It is discovered that Ng is back in Malaya leading the terrorists, and Ferris reluctantly promises the British Resident to talk to Ng. Ng, though pleased to see Ferris, will not agree to a compromise. Returning from the meeting, Ferris meets Candace, the Resident's daughter, and agrees to attend a ball at the Residency that evening. A grenade is tossed among the dancers at the ball, and Ferris saves Candace's life by throwing her to the floor. In retaliation the British burn the village where Dhana teaches (which is thought to house many terrorists), despite Ferris and Dhana's protests. Dhana, whose sympathies are divided between the terrorists and the colonists, is arrested when police, acting on a tip, find grenades in her bicycle basket. She is sentenced to die but is offered her life if she or Ferris will reveal Ng's hideout. They refuse. Candace pleads with Dhana, who only asks Candace to look after Ferris after her death. Candace then goes to Ng and offers herself as a hostage, hoping her father will release Dhana. Ng holds her captive and distributes posters announcing that Candace will be killed unless Dhana is released by a certain time. Realizing old loyalties are dead, Ferris promises to flush Ng from his hideout. He needs 10 days to do this and Dhana has only 7 days to live. The Communists are routed and Ferris captures Ng and rescues Candace, who shoots Ng as he is about to kill Ferris. The dying Ng confesses he planted the grenades on Dhana's bicycle, hoping to start a revolt. Dhana is executed and several days later Ferris leaves Malaya, probably never to return, though Candace declares her love. +

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Offscreen Credit
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