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Frank Ross (James Cagney) is an intrepid reporter hot on the trail of a corrupt politician when he is framed for vehicular manslaughter and sent to prison. There he meets the infamous gangster "Hood" Stacey (George Raft), and the two become fast friends when Stacey saves Ross from a deadly knife attack. When Stacey escapes from a courthouse, he promises that he will help clear Ross' name by finding the man who framed him. But can Ross really trust the word of a gangster?

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Critic Reviews for Each Dawn I Die

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (2)

  • There have been better exposures of American social injustice -- Warner Brothers have made most of them --but it is good to see the two compact little toughs dealing out their punches and matching each the other's swagger.

    May 27, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Cagney is at his best here, and his partnership with Raft makes for a strong love/hate relationship that drives the picture forward. It may not be one of Cagney's most famous roles, but it's one of his most indelible.

    May 4, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Each Dawn I Die gets its juice from a smashing James Cagney performance as well as a scenario that's as irresistible as it is unlikely.

    April 30, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The picture goes out in a blast of bombs and bullets: odd that it leaves so little impression behind.

    September 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An implausible but enjoyable routine crime drama featuring James Cagney and George Raft.

    November 20, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Each Dawn I Die

  • Nov 19, 2011
    James Cagney is great and so is George Raft. It's a standard prison picture with Cagney trying to reclaim his innocence. The last act of the picture is basically a prison riot cop out followed by a happy ending.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2010
    If your a Cagney fan this is a must see, he's dynamic as ever. The script is just the standard Warners 30's prison pic but it's professionally done. Raft is stiff as ever and Jane Bryan overacts terribly but if you're a fan of the genre this is as good as any of them.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2009
    It wasnt 1 of Cagneys best but the cast of this movie was alright
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2008
    Yet another great performance by James Cagney as a newspaper reporter who is set up by thugs and condemned to life in prison. George Raft plays a jailbird who claims to know how to help Cagney clear his name, if Cagney will help Raft escape from prison. Similar in tone and plot line to Mayor of Hell (which I saw immediately before this). Which treatment is more appropriate for prisoners -- vengeance and punishment or understanding and reform?
    Cindy I Super Reviewer

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