Release dateOctober 1, 1948 (1948-10-01) (United States) Based onthe novel Moonrise
by Theodore Strauss WriterCharles F. Haas (screenplay), Theodore Strauss (novel) ScreenplayCharles F. Haas, Theodore Strauss CastDane Clark (Danny Hawkins), Gail Russell (Gilly Johnson), Ethel Barrymore (Grandma), Allyn Joslyn (Clem Otis), Harry Morgan (Billy Scripture (as Henry Morgan)), David Street (Ken Williams) Similar moviesThe Big Sleep, The Asphalt Jungle, Snowpiercer, Double Indemnity, The Night of the Hunter, Detour
TaglineHER ARMS...HER LOVE...HIS ONLY ESCAPE FROM A HERITAGE OF HATE!
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Moonrise is a 1948 American film noir crime film directed by Frank Borzage starring Dane Clark, Gail Russell and Ethel Barrymore.
Danny Hawkins (Dane Clark) is the son of a murderer who was hanged for his crimes. Haunted by his father's past already in his childhood, the young man is tormented by the young people of the small southern town in which he lives. Hawkins' only friend is Gilly Johnson (Gail Russell), a girl who is quickly falling in love with him. When Hawkins kills her bully boyfriend Jerry Sykes (Lloyd Bridges) (who by the way was one of the children tormenting him since early years) in self-defense, he fears the same fate as his father. When the dead body is found and Sheriff Clem Otis (Allyn Joslyn) starts closing in, Danny becomes crazed. He jumps off a Ferris wheel and nearly strangles the harmless mute Billy Scripture (Harry Morgan) who found Hawkins' pocket knife near the body. While hiding out in the swamps, Hawkins visits his Grandma (Barrymore) who tells him the truth about his father's crime. Hawkins realizes he's not tainted by "bad blood" and turns himself in to the police.
Dane Clark as Danny Hawkins
Gail Russell as Gilly Johnson
Ethel Barrymore as Grandma
Allyn Joslyn as Sheriff Clem Otis
Rex Ingram as Mose
Harry Morgan as Billy Scripture (as Henry Morgan)
David Street as Ken Williams
Selena Royle as Aunt Jessie
Harry Carey, Jr. as Jimmy Biff
Irving Bacon as Judd Jenkins
Lloyd Bridges as Jerry Sykes
Houseley Stevenson as Uncle Joe Jingle
Phil Brown as Elmer - Soda Jerk
Harry Cheshireas J.B. Sykes (as Harry V. Cheshire)
Lila Leeds as Julie
The New York Times wrote that "the book towers above the picture" despite its fidelity to the source.
Nomination: Moonrise received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Recording (Daniel J. Bloomberg) in 1948.