Each Dawn I Die

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Each Dawn I Die is a 1939 gangster film featuring James Cagney and George Raft in their only movie together as leads, although Raft had made an unbilled appearance in a 1932 Cagney vehicle called Taxi! in which he won a dance contest against Cagney, after which he and Cagney brawl. Raft also very briefly "appeared" in Cagney's boxing drama Winner Take All (1932), in a flashback sequence culled from Raft's 1929 film debut Queen of the Night Clubs starring Texas Guinan. The plotline of Each Dawn I Die involves a crusading reporter (Cagney) who is unjustly thrown in jail and befriends a famous gangster (Raft). George Bancroft portrays the warden. The movie was a box-office smash and remains a favorite among aficionados of Warner Bros. gangster movies. The film was based on the novel of the same name by Jerome Odlum.

  1. Jerome Odlum


  2. Norman Reilly Raine


  3. William Keighley


  4. Warren Duff


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  1. James Cagney

    James Cagney

    Frank Ross

  2. George Raft

    George Raft

    'Hood' Stacey

  3. Jane Bryan

    Jane Bryan

    Joyce Connover

  4. George Bancroft

    George Bancroft

    John Armstrong

  5. Maxie Rosenbloom

    Maxie Rosenbloom

    Fargo Red

  6. Stanley Ridges

    Stanley Ridges


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 32m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • August 19, 1939



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