Each Dawn I Die (1939)

92 mins | Drama | 19 August 1939

Director:

William Keighley

Cinematographer:

Arthur Edeson

Editor:

Thomas Richards

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a news items in HR , Michael Curtiz was originally assigned to direct the film and John Garfield was to have played "Hood" Stacey. This was George Raft's first picture for Warner Bros. after many years under contract to Paramount. Although the Var review credits Charles Perry with screenplay, he is not credited onscreen or in SAB ... More Less

According to a news items in HR , Michael Curtiz was originally assigned to direct the film and John Garfield was to have played "Hood" Stacey. This was George Raft's first picture for Warner Bros. after many years under contract to Paramount. Although the Var review credits Charles Perry with screenplay, he is not credited onscreen or in SAB . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Jul 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Jul 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 38
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Feb 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
21 Jul 39
pp. 1-2.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jul 39
p. 48.
New York Times
22 Jul 39
p. 12.
Variety
19 Jul 39
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture; Jack L. Warner in charge of prod
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Each Dawn I Die by Jerome Odlum (Indianapolis, 1938).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 August 1939
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 22 July 1939
Production Date:
early February--4 April 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 August 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9045
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
92
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5085
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Frank Ross, reporter for the Bantom newspaper, exposes District Attorney Jesse Hanley's involvement in graft, Hanley frames Ross on a drunk driving charge. Knocked unconscious and doused with alcohol, Ross is placed in a moving car, and when the car crashes into another vehicle and kills three people, he is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison. There, Ross meets "Hood" Stacey, a notorious racketeer who is serving a life term, and the two become friends. Stacey makes a deal with Ross to implicate him in a prison killing, which would then be tried at the county courthouse where his mob can free him. In return, Stacey promises to track down the man who framed Ross. The break is successful, but Stacey feels betrayed when Ross tips off his reporter friends about the escape, and consequently, he refuses to help Ross. As Ross is sentenced to the "hole", his sweetheart, Joyce Conover, makes Stacey realize that Ross kept his word, thus winning Stacey's sympathy for the unjustly accused reporter. In the hole, Ross becomes embittered at the brutality of the guards and lack of justice, but Joyce pleads on his behalf with the warden, who then agrees to recommend him for parole. However, the parole board is headed by Hanley's man, Grayce, who takes great satisfaction in denying the reporter his freedom. Meanwhile, Stacey discovers that Polecat Carlisle, the man hired by Hanley to frame Ross, is in prison, and to repay his debt to Ross, Stacey returns to prison to find Polecat. During an abortive jail break, Stacey forces Polecat to confess to Ross's crime in front of ... +


When Frank Ross, reporter for the Bantom newspaper, exposes District Attorney Jesse Hanley's involvement in graft, Hanley frames Ross on a drunk driving charge. Knocked unconscious and doused with alcohol, Ross is placed in a moving car, and when the car crashes into another vehicle and kills three people, he is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison. There, Ross meets "Hood" Stacey, a notorious racketeer who is serving a life term, and the two become friends. Stacey makes a deal with Ross to implicate him in a prison killing, which would then be tried at the county courthouse where his mob can free him. In return, Stacey promises to track down the man who framed Ross. The break is successful, but Stacey feels betrayed when Ross tips off his reporter friends about the escape, and consequently, he refuses to help Ross. As Ross is sentenced to the "hole", his sweetheart, Joyce Conover, makes Stacey realize that Ross kept his word, thus winning Stacey's sympathy for the unjustly accused reporter. In the hole, Ross becomes embittered at the brutality of the guards and lack of justice, but Joyce pleads on his behalf with the warden, who then agrees to recommend him for parole. However, the parole board is headed by Hanley's man, Grayce, who takes great satisfaction in denying the reporter his freedom. Meanwhile, Stacey discovers that Polecat Carlisle, the man hired by Hanley to frame Ross, is in prison, and to repay his debt to Ross, Stacey returns to prison to find Polecat. During an abortive jail break, Stacey forces Polecat to confess to Ross's crime in front of the warden. Stacey dies in the break attempt, but Ross lives to be exonerated and to see Hanley and Grayce indicted. +

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