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The Naked Dawn (1955)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 27 December 1955 (USA)
In Mexico, at the dawn of the automobile, modern bandit Santiago burglarizes train freight cars and falls in love with a poor farmer's wife.

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writer:

Julian Zimet
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Kennedy ... Santiago
Betta St. John ... Maria Lopez
Eugene Iglesias ... Manuel Lopez
Roy Engel ... Guntz
Charlita Charlita ... Tita
Tony Martinez Tony Martinez ... Vicente
Francis McDonald ... Railroad Guard
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Storyline

Santiago, a jolly modern bandito, has just lost his partner when he happens on the isolated farm of young Manuel and Maria Lopez. Manuel's aid is enlisted in what develops into a violent encounter with Santiago's fence. Exposed to money, the fast life, and Santiago's anarchistic philosophy, Manuel (formerly simple and hardworking) is in serious danger of being corrupted (and Maria is not immune either)... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From Vera Cruz to Matamoros they stalked his desperate trail ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bandit See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely adapted from a short story by Maxim Gorky See more »

Quotes

Santiago: Aww! You know how to die. You watch plenty others.
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Connections

Referenced in Jules and Jim (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Ai Hombre
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by William Copeland
Sung and Danced by Charlita
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Money corrupts....or at least that's true in Manuel's case.
7 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Santiago (Arthur Kennedy) is a good-hearted bandit...if there actually is such a thing. And when he meets up with Manuel and his wife, he leads the very meek Manuel into life on the wild side. While Manuel has always been very righteous, soon he starts to enjoy the idea of wealth and soon his true, violent and selfish side comes out after making this new friendship. But he's not the only one affected by Santiago's arrival...as soon Manuel's wife, Maria, has fallen for this new mystery man! What's to come of all this?

While this could have been a nice little morality tale about greed, it suffers in several ways. Its pacing is not great and has some slow moments or scenes that could have been excised. At times, the Mexicans seemed awfully silly and stereotypical. Also, occasionally the acting is a bit overwrought...though I must admit that I was surprised that Kennedy was actually pretty good in the lead...playing the Bandito.


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