Frank Borzage

Moonrise

Moonrise

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.

Film Info

  • Frank Borzage
  • United States
  • 1948
  • 90 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #921

Special 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

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Special 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

Moonrise
Cast
Dane Clark
Danny Hawkins
Gail Russell
Gilly Johnson
Ethel Barrymore
Grandma Hawkins
Allyn Joslyn
Clem Otis, the sheriff
Rex Ingram
Mose Jackson
Henry Morgan
Billy Scripture
Lloyd Bridges
Jerry Sykes
Selena Royle
Aunt Jessie
Credits
Director
Frank Borzage
Produced by
Charles Haas
Screenplay by
Charles Haas
Based on the novel Moonrise by
Theodore Strauss
Director of photography
John L. Russell
Editor
Harry Keller
Production design by
Lionel Banks
Music by
William Lava
“The Moonrise Song” by
William Lava
“The Moonrise Song” by
Harry Tobias

From The Current

Moonrise: Dark of the Moon
Moonrise: Dark of the Moon

In his uncharacteristic final masterpiece, the great Hollywood melodramatist Frank Borzage approaches the shadowy violence of film noir with his unique brand of romanticism.

By Philip Kemp

On Film / Essays — May 8, 2018