Moonrise

Moonrise

Director: Frank Borzage Cast: Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored)

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Overview

All of his life, Danny Hawkins (Dane Clark) has been taunted and mistreated by most of the people around him, enduring innumerable beatings and other humiliations as a boy because his father was a murderer who died on the gallows. He finds it not much better as an adult, living with his aunt in the small Virginia town of Woodville -- especially when he is contending for the attentions of young schoolteacher Gilly Johnson (Gail Russell) with his boyhood tormentor Jerry Sykes (Lloyd Bridges), whose bullying and arrogance are made worse (and more galling) by the fact that he's the son of the town banker (and its richest man). Sykes picks a fight with Danny and loses for the first time, but he dies in the process. Knowing how the town thinks of him because of his father, Danny tries to hide the body. But for all of his bitterness over how he's been treated, he can't truly escape the feelings of guilt over what he's done -- nor can he escape his fear of what people will probably think. For a time, his new romance with Gilly distracts him, but he's unable to put it out of his mind for long, especially when he's forced to join his good friend Mose (Rex Ingram) on a raccoon hunt that takes them right to the pond where the body is hidden. Soon the sheriff (Allyn Joslyn) is investigating, and he can't help but confer with the one man in town whose judgment he respects nearly as much as his own -- Danny. And when Danny's deaf-mute friend, Billy (Harry Morgan), unknowingly uncovers a key piece of evidence, Danny is pushed almost to the breaking point. He's driven by his own instincts to run away, and invite almost certain capture or death, but Gilly and the sheriff see this as a chance for Danny not only to free himself of the torment over what he's done but from the past that has haunted him and blighted his life -- if only they can reach him and make him understand.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2018
UPC: 0715515214414
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 6,168

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New conversation between author Herve Dumont (Frank Borzage: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Romantic) and film historian Peter Cowie; Plus: An essay by critic Philip Kemp

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dane Clark Danny Hawkins
Gail Russell Gilly Johnson
Ethel Barrymore Grandma
Allyn Joslyn Clem Otis
Rex Ingram Mose
Henry Morgan Billy Scripture
David Street Ken Williams
Selena Royle Aunt Jessie
Harry Carey Jimmy Biff
Irving Bacon Judd Jenkins
Houseley Stevenson Uncle Joe Jingle
Harry V. Cheshire J.B. Sykes
Lila Leeds Julie
George Backus Actor
Jim Hawkins Actor
Tim Hawkins Alfie
Buzz Henry Actor
Archie Twitchell Actor
James L. Kelly Actor
Renee Donatt Ticket Seller
Lloyd Bridges Jerry Sykes
Phil Brown Elmer
Virginia Mullen Miss Simpkins
Oliver Blake Ed Conlon
Tom Fadden Homer Blackstone
Charles Lane Man in Black
Clem Bevans Jake
Helen Wallace Martha Otis
Michael Branden Barker
Bill Borzage Barker
Casey MacGregor Barker
John Harmon Baseball Attendant
Jimmy Crane Boy
Harry Lauter Boy
Bob Hoffman Boy
Joel McGinnis Boy
Doreen McCann Girl
Steven Peck Danny, Age 7
Johnny Calkins Danny, Age 13
Tommy Ivo Jerry, Age 7
Monte Montague Hunter

Technical Credits
Frank Borzage Director
Lionel Banks Production Designer
Earl Crain Sound/Sound Designer
Charles F. Haas Producer,Screenwriter
Harry Keller Editor
William Lava Score Composer
Theodore Lydecker Special Effects
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Bob Mark Makeup
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
John L. Russell Cinematographer
George Sawley Set Decoration/Design
Howard Wilson Sound/Sound Designer

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