Each Dawn I Die (1939)

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Title: Each Dawn I Die [IMDb]

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Release date: July 22, 1939
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 92 minutes
IMDB genres: crime, drama, film-noir, thriller
BYU holdings: https://search.lib.byu.edu/byu/record/lee.6777366

Synopsis [hide]

A corrupt D.A. with political ambitions is angered by news stories implicating him in criminal activity and decides to frame the reporter who wrote them for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Plot keywords (from IMDb): alarm bell, anger, army, baseball, based on novel, beating, billboard, camera, car accident, con artist, confession, construction, corruption, court trial, courtroom, crying man, district attorney, explosion, face slap, fistfight, frame up, framed, furnace, gangster, getaway, grenade, gunfire, gunshot, handcuffed, honor, insubordination, intimidation, judge, knife, knifing, knocked out, law, lawyer, machine gun, male crying, male tears, man crying, manslaughter, mother son relationship, movie screen, murder, music band, musician, newspaper headline, newsroom, orchestral music score, parole, parole board, parole hearing, penitentiary, photographer, playing cards, police arrest, police officer, press, prison cell, prison escape, prison guard, prison riot, prison visit, prison yard, punched in the face, reporter, revolt, revolver, shiv, soldier, solitary, solitary confinement, stabbed in the back, stool pigeon, surveillance, tears, ticking clock, time in title, trial, warden, watching a movie, work detail, wrongful conviction, prison

Cast and Crew

James CagneyFrank Ross
George RaftHood Stacey
Jane BryanJoyce
George BancroftJohn Armstrong
Maxie RosenbloomFargo Red
Stanley RidgesMueller
Alan BaxterCarlisle
Victor JoryGrayce

William Keighley: director

Max Steiner: composer

Leo F. Forbstein: musical director

Hugo Friedhofer: orchestrator

Film Statistics

Film duration: 1:31:36
Music duration: 00:11:49
Pages in score: 44
Total themes: 18
Themes with variants: 4
Total variants: 6
Total gestures: 4
Total underscoring sections: 5
Total underscoring duration: 00:01:34
Total instances: 33


Name Uses Variants
Each Dawn B 3 2
Frank 3 2
Newspaper Fanfare 2 1
Transition 2 1
Calendar Pages 1 0
Car Crash 1 0
Confusion 1 0
Each Dawn A 1 0
Freedom 1 0
Headlines 1 0
Headlines 2 1 0
Montage 1 0
On the Make 1 0
Signature 1 0
Verdict 1 0
Walking 1 0

Other films borrowed from:

They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)

Source Music

Name Uses
Don’t Give Up the Ship 1
Wings Over the Navy 1


Clock ticking
Hits with bottle
Lights match