Moonrise Moonrise


Frank Borzage

Moonrise (Criterion Blu-Ray)

8 May 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1948
  • 90 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #921

A small-town fable about violence and redemption, Moonrise is the final triumph of Frank Borzage, one of Hollywood’s most neglected masters. Stigmatized from infancy by the fate of his criminal father, young Danny (Dane Clark) is bruised and bullied until one night, in a fit of rage, he kills his most persistent tormentor. As the police close in around him, Danny makes a desperate bid for the love of the dead man’s fiancée (Gail Russell), a schoolteacher who sees the wounded soul behind his aggression. With this postwar comeback, Borzage recaptured the inspiration that had animated his long and audacious early career, marrying the lyrical force of his romantic
sensibility with the psychological anguish of film noir, in a stunning vindication of faith in the power of love.


Danny HawkinsDane Clark
Gilly JohnsonGail Russell
Grandma HawkinsEthel Barrymore
Clem Otis, the sheriffAllyn Joslyn
Mose JacksonRex Ingram
Billy ScriptureHenry Morgan
Jerry SykesLloyd Bridges
Aunt JessieSelena Royle


DirectorFrank Borzage
Produced byCharles Haas
Screenplay byCharles Haas
Based on the novel Moonrise byTheodore Strauss
Director of photographyJohn L. Russell
EditorHarry Keller
Production design byLionel Banks
Music byWilliam Lava
“The Moonrise Song” byWilliam Lava and Harry Tobias

Disc Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between author Hervé Dumont (Frank Borzage: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Romantic) and film historian Peter Cowie
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Philip Kemp

Other Editions

Moonrise (Criterion DVD)

8 May 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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