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      Each Dawn I Die

      Released Jul 22, 1939 1h 32m Drama List
      50% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 71% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Frank Ross (James Cagney) is an intrepid reporter hot on the trail of a corrupt politician when he is framed for vehicular manslaughter and sent to prison. There he meets the infamous gangster "Hood" Stacey (George Raft), and the two become fast friends when Stacey saves Ross from a deadly knife attack. When Stacey escapes from a courthouse, he promises that he will help clear Ross' name by finding the man who framed him. But can Ross really trust the word of a gangster? Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Otis Ferguson The New Republic The people and the violence of their action were given as much scope a§ the story would allow; but the story is of the kind that you would have to see to disbelieve. May 7, 2024 Full Review Cyril Ray Guardian There have been better exposures of American social injustice -- Warner Brothers have made most of them --but it is good to see the two compact little toughs dealing out their punches and matching each the other's swagger. May 27, 2021 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row Cagney is at his best here, and his partnership with Raft makes for a strong love/hate relationship that drives the picture forward. It may not be one of Cagney's most famous roles, but it's one of his most indelible. Rated: 3.5/4 May 4, 2021 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Each Dawn I Die gets its juice from a smashing James Cagney performance as well as a scenario that's as irresistible as it is unlikely. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 30, 2021 Full Review Graham Greene The Spectator The picture goes out in a blast of bombs and bullets: odd that it leaves so little impression behind. Sep 11, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews An implausible but enjoyable routine crime drama featuring James Cagney and George Raft. Rated: C+ Nov 20, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      deke p 1939 !! Good known cast. Crime/ Prison revolt drama ends with violent put down. Spoiler alert: how would hardened crime boss be so moral as to turn himself back into prison so he could save his honest. buddy & then break out? Ultimately suicidal. Saw good part of it again on late nite tv 11.7.21 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Each Dawn I Die (1939) I think this is a pretty good prison film. If you like The Shawshank Redemption then you should enjoy this film for it’s story. I think I preferred George Raft’s performance as Hood Stacey more than James Cagney’s performance as Frank Ross. Mainly because George Raft as Hood Stacey is the character who changes the most from beginning to the end of the film. Hood Stacey is a Gangster goes from a criminal to a guy out of prison who is convinced by Joyce portrayed by Jane Bryan that her Boy Friend Frank Ross is remaining silent being loyal for months in order for Hood Stacey to find the people who framed Frank. He goes from Crime Lord to change his ways to be loyal to someone who did right. Now in the case of James Cagney as Frank Ross he goes almost from the straight man and nearly is turned to criminal due to the injustice by the prison guards and Parole Board. He only remains strait due to his wife and Hood Stacey who stuck up for Frank. The scenes that stood out to me about this film came as the escape out of the court Room scene by jumping out of a window into a truck filled with something soft underneath. The stunt man jumping out of the building looked impressive for such a tall brick building. Another scene was the prison guard hitting one of the prisoners unconscious just before he said he was not working due to being dizzy and hitting the prisoner down and his head hit the metal of the rope factory machine. Then the guard saying it was an accident when it clearly was not. The other thing was seeing how gun happy the guards and national guard got just shooting to the last man when the prisoners were trying to surrender. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 07/06/20 Full Review Audience Member GOOD movie, "Each Dawn I Die"(1939), that I recommend! I first saw it on my TV at 7:00pm(CT) Sunday March 22, 2020. (I wrote these comments at 11:28am(CT) Monday March 23, 2020.) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member hasn't aged perfectly but still enjoyable and with an underlying point Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review ashley h Each Dawn I Die is an excellent film. It is about reporter Frank Ross is found guilty of murder and is sent to jail. James Cagney and George Raft give incredible performances. The screenplay is well written. William Keighley did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and mystery. Each Dawn I Die is a must see. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A great filibuster with James Cagney and George Raft--they play pretty well off of each other. One of the better of the gangster films nearing the end of Warner Brothers' 1930's cycle. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Frank Ross (James Cagney) is an intrepid reporter hot on the trail of a corrupt politician when he is framed for vehicular manslaughter and sent to prison. There he meets the infamous gangster "Hood" Stacey (George Raft), and the two become fast friends when Stacey saves Ross from a deadly knife attack. When Stacey escapes from a courthouse, he promises that he will help clear Ross' name by finding the man who framed him. But can Ross really trust the word of a gangster?
      Director
      William Keighley
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      First National, Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 22, 1939, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 21, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 32m
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