Moonrise (October 1, 1948)
Released on October 1, 1948: A man from a small town in Virginia kills the fellow that has been taunting him and fighting him all his life, and it is up to the Sheriff to get him to turn himself in.
Produced by Charles F. Haas
Directed by Frank Borzage
Written by Theodore Strauss with screenplay by Charles F. Haas
The Actors: Dane Clark (Danny Hawkins), Gail Russell (Gilly Johnson), Ethel Barrymore (Grandma), Allyn Joslyn (Sheriff Clem Otis), Rex Ingram (Mose Jackson), Harry Morgan (Billy Scripture), David Street (Ken Williams), Selena Royle (Aunt Jessie), Harry Carey Jr. (Jimmy Biff), Irving Bacon (Judd Jenkins), Lloyd Bridges (Jerry Sykes), Houseley Stevenson (Uncle Joe Jingle), Phil Brown (soda jerk Elmer), Harry Cheshire (J.B. Sykes), Lila Leeds (Julie), Virginia Mullen (Miss Simpkins), Oliver Blake (Ed Conlon), Tom Fadden (Homer Blackstone), Charles Lane (Mr. Chandler, man in black), Clem Bevans (coroner Jake), Gary Armstrong (young boy), George Backus (hunter), Bill Borzage (carnival barker), Johnny Calkins (Danny, age 13), Jimmy Crane (young boy), Michael Dill (Jerry, age 13), Renee Donatt (ticket seller), John Harmon (baseball toss game attendant), Jimmy Hawkins (young boy), Timmy Hawkins (Alfie), Robert 'Buzz' Henry (young boy), Bob Hoffman (young boy), Tommy Ivo (Jerry, age 7), Jimmy Kelly (carnival barker), Harry Lauter (man dancing with Gilly), Linda Lombard (dancer), Monte Lowell (unknown), Casey MacGregor (carnival barker), Doreen McCann (young girl), Joel McGinnis (unknown), Lee Miller (man at carnival), Monte Montague (hunter), Frank O'Connor (man at carnival), Stephen Peck (Danny, age 7), Stelita Ravel (dancer), Ed Rees (carnival barker), Amzie Strickland (unknown), Candy Toxton (unknown), Archie Twitchell (carnival barker), Helen Wallace (Martha Otis)
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The Magic in the Moonrise . . .
Do you believe that if your mother or father cannot control their booze, the same fate will certainly fall on you? If your father or mother was terribly overweight will you also be overweight? If your father or mother was a killer will you become one also?
I believe that whichever way I answer those questions, . . . . I will be correct? My thoughts and beliefs will create my future as certain as the moon rises in the night. If I often think that I will inherit the worst faults of my parents, . . . I will. If I often think that I will only inherit and improve on the best qualities of my parents, and the people around me, I will.
In this film noir killer thriller, the opening scene is of a man being hung because he murdered the doctor that gave his wife a bottle of pills that killed her instead of curing her. Baby Danny, with a dead mother and a father hung for her murder, was taunted all his life by the other children about his father being hung for murder. Because of these thoughts always being at the front of his thoughts, many deep, dark, dangerous emotions filled the angry head of Danny Hawkins.
When the son of the town banker is found murdered, suspicion falls fast and furious on Danny. Everyone in town knows that the banker’s son taunted Danny mercilessly when they were young. Of course, Danny finally got his revenge by killing the banker’s son. But Danny is innocent. Can an innocent boy without friends in an unfriendly town find a way to prove his innocence, or will Danny move to the dark side and become the killer that everyone thinks he is, . . . Just like his father. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn drizzled with plenty of warm melted butter and enjoy the show.
Dane Clark and Gail Russell
Allyn Joslyn, Helen Wallace and Irving Bacon
Dane Clark and Allyn Joslyn
Dane Clark and Daisy Belle
Dane Clark and Gial Russell on the Ferris Wheel
Dane Clark and Gail Russell with sponge sugar (cotton candy)
Dane Clark and Houseley Stevenson
Dane Clark, John Harmon and Gail Russell
Dane Clark at the gravestones
Dane Clark strangles Harry Morgan
David Street sings at the Saturday Night dance
Ethel Barrymore and Dane Clark
Ethel Barrymore and Dane Clark
Gail Russell and Allyn Joslyn
Gail Russell dances with Dane Clark
Harry Morgan and Dane Clark
Harry V. Cheshire
Houseley Stevenson and Allyn Joslyn
Rex Ingram and Dane Clark
Selena Royle and Dane Clark
Tom Fadden and Dane Clark