Moonrise 1948 Dane Clark Crime Drama Film-Noir
Stars: Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore
Moonrise Story Line. In a small southern town, Danny Hawkins is the son of a murderer hanged for his crimes. Throughout his childhood his father’s past haunts him. He is cruelly harassed by other children. This includes bully Jerry Sykes. As a young man, Danny’s only friend is sweet Gilly Johnson. Gilly is falling in love with Danny, despite the fact that her boyfriend is Jerry Sykes, Danny’s chief tormentor.
After a particularly intense confrontation in the woods, Danny and Sykes fight. In self-defense, Danny kills him. He fears the same fate as his father and his behavior grows erratic and temperamental, puzzling Gilly. When Jerry’s body is found, Sheriff Clem Otis suspects Danny acted in self-defense and is sympathetic and starts closing in on Danny. Danny becomes crazed. He nearly strangles the harmless mute Billy Scripture (Harry Morgan), who found Danny’s pocket knife near the murder scene. He jumps from a Ferris Wheel when he notices Otis following Gilly and him as they try to enjoy a date at the fair.
While hiding out in the swamps, Hawkins visits his grandma, who tells him the truth about his father’s crime. Hawkins then realizes he is not tainted by “bad blood” and turns himself in to the police.
Tagline: HER ARMS…HER LOVE…HIS ONLY ESCAPE FROM A HERITAGE OF HATE! (original poster -all caps)
- Director: Frank Borzage
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Republic Pictures
- Run time: 90 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Black and White
- Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
Sample Video From Moonrise
Did You Know?
Moonrise received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Recording in 1948.
Reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R. Packaged in a single DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image.
You may also enjoy No Greater Glory, another Frank Borzage finely directed movie. Adapted from an autobiographical novel called The Paul Street Boys, GLORY is a sensitive evocation of the pain of youth.
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