The Naked Dawn

1955

The Naked Dawn (1955)

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Given a bigger budget than usual, cult director Edgar G. Ulmer rises to the occasion in The Naked Dawn. Filmed in Mexico, the story focuses on a poor but proud farmer named Manuel (Eugene Iglesias) and his wife Maria (Betta St. John). When glib-tongued drifter Santiago (Arthur Kennedy) tries to get Manuel mixed up in a train robbery, the farmer is at first resistant, but is goaded into joining Santiago by the covetous Maria. Corrupted by the prospect of untold wealth, Manuel begins plotting the murder of Santiago; meanwhile, Maria makes plans to bump off Manuel and run off with the handsome stranger. There's a moral in all this, and Ulmer makes certain that we don't miss it.

Cast

Betta St John
as Maria Lopez
Eugene Iglesias
as Manuel Lopez
Roy Engel
as Guntz

Critic Reviews for The Naked Dawn

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Politics and romance, shocking violence and playful adventure converge in this modern-day Western, from 1955, by Edgar G. Ulmer.

Jan 13, 2014 | Full Review…

A remarkable Edgar G. Ulmer effort.

Oct 28, 2006 | Full Review…

Arthur Kennedy was never livelier in carrying a film on his shoulders.

Apr 7, 2005 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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