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The Sun Sets at Dawn (1950)

The Sun Sets at Dawn

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The Sun Sets at Dawn is a crime melodrama with strong religious overtones. The Boy (Philip Shawn) is about to be executed in the State's brand-new electric chair. On this momentous occasion, dozens of reporters gather around as The Boy tells his sad life story. While this is going on, the person who should be electrocuted is exposed, and it is suggested that a Divine force has brought about this last-minute miracle. Sally Parr co-stars as The Girl, who believes in The Boy's innocence (the characters have no names; this, evidently, is meant to be symbolic). Walter Reed also appears as The Chaplain, who has ever so much to say. The Sun Sets at Dawn represents the return after a lengthy retirement of director Paul H. Sloane, who also wrote and produced.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Paul H. Sloan
Runtime:
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Cast

Philip Shawn
as The Boy
Sally Parr
as The Girl
Howard St. John
as The Warden
Walter Reed
as The Chaplain
Louise Lorimer
as The Warden's Wife
Raymond Bramley
as The Deputy Warden
King Donovan
as National News Servic...
Charles Arnt
as Globe Express
Percy Helton
as Feature Syndicate
Perry Ivins
as Forty-Six
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Critic Reviews for The Sun Sets at Dawn

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

As B-films go, this one is above average.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Sun Sets at Dawn

½

Powerful but very grim story about a innocent man sent to the state's NEW electric chair. The story for the newspapers was the NEW electric chair, not the imprisoned cub reporter who got caught with a hot gun in his hand. Slow paced from beginning to end, this could try the patience of anyone.

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There is a delay in getting the new electric chair to work. Much time goes by as repairs are made. This adds a rather gruesome, macbre touch to a story thats already dark. As a new device, this chair proves the salvation of one, desperate convict and the capture of another.


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The reporters waiting to witness the execution, or the electrocution, are all pretty certain the convict is guilty as charged. But one sees a wanted poster on the wall of a dead criminal, a ruthless character that was known for his 6 fast shot killings of his victims. The same fast 6 shots heard in the crime scene of this cub reporter.


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The victim of this weird turn of events finally goes to the 'lectric' chair, but as the old saw goes, it ain't over till its over!

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NOTES about the film:

1 Directed, produced and written by the same person, Paul Sloane.


REVIEWS of the film:

1 A gratifying success from a washed-up director and a fleabag studio....The Sun Sets At Dawn proves itself a keeper, and a fitting memorial to the unsung Sloane.




Cast

Sally Parr as The Girl
Patrick Waltz as The Boy
Walter Reed as The Chaplain
Lee Frederick as Blackie
Houseley Stevenson as Pops
Howard St. John as The Warden
Louise Lorimer as The Warden's Wife
Raymond Bramley as The Deputy Warden
Charles Meredith as Reporter, AP
Jack Reynolds as Reporter, EP
King Donovan as Reporter, National News Service
Charles Arnt as Reporter, Globe Express
Sam Edwards as Reporter, Herald
Percy Helton as Reporter, Feature Syndicate
Perry Ivins as Reporter, Forty-Six



Directed by Paul Sloane
Produced by Helen H. Rathvon (producer)
Paul Sloane (producer)
Written by Paul Sloane (original screenplay)

Music by Leith Stevens
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Editing by Sherman Todd
Release date(s) 1950


Running time 71 minutes

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