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The Sun Sets At Dawn

Well made lost Film Noir classic about a young man facing execution for a murder he did not commit.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 26, 2010
  • Originally Released: 1950
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

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User Ratings: 6
Rating: C+ -- As B-films go, this one is above average. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Apr 26, 2003

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An innocent young man awaits the electric chair at Cragmoor State Prison while reporters from all of the wire services gather to report the event. The boy's girlfriend and the warden both believe the condemned man's claims of innocence, but are helpless to stop the execution. As dawn approaches, it appears that only divine intervention can prevent his appointment with death.

Paul H. Sloane wrote and directed this forgotten but highly effective film noir. One of Sloane's early efforts was Too Many Kisses (1925), which was notable for the screen debut of Harpo Marx. He directed the early films of the comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey, including Half Shot At Sunrise (1930) and later Paramount's production of Geronimo (1940). Walter Reed, who plays the priest, began in film appearing in features such as Young Man With A Horn (1950), Superman And The Mole-Men (1951) and Macumba Love (1960). He went on to three decades of appearances on many TV shows including "M Squad" in the 50s to "The Streets Of San Francisco" in the 1970s.


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A real surprise Movie Lover: from Clarkston, GA US -- March, 2, 2010

"The sun Sets at Dawn" is a real find. I had not previously been aware of its existence. It is a bigger discovery for my money than "Blonde Ice," and it corresponds better to my idea of what film noir should be in its tale, told by flashback and skilfully staged montage, of a young man condemned to die for a murder he did not commit. Emotionally, it ranges from cynicism to hope and despair. Though faith is an element in the story, it does not play like a simplistic episode of "Crossroads." There are no shining lights, and the outcome is far from inevitable. The viewer is left to judge for himself whether the divine intervenes in human affairs. The question is not even stated, but the filmmakers don't sidestep that sticky issue, either. Mostly, it's a compelling story, told professionally and even, as far as the meager budget allowed, with cinematic style. There is no dead time in this well-paced picture. the film quality in this 60 year old product of an independent filmmaker is surprisingly good. Thankfully, someone has taken care of it all these years.

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  • Sales Rank: 16,109
  • UPC: 089218599094
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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