Review: ‘Daybreak’

Lack of action stands against Daybreak, that gets its title because the two principals stay out all night the first time they met. Both of them, Ramon Novarro and Helen Chandler, give a perfectly blah performance.

Lack of action stands against Daybreak, that gets its title because the two principals stay out all night the first time they met. Both of them, Ramon Novarro and Helen Chandler, give a perfectly blah performance.

With the locale apparently in Vienna and its Imperial Guard, Novarro speaks with his Latin accent.

In the Imperial Guards you pay your honor debts like an officer and a gentleman, which is in cash or suicide. And when Novarro goes in hock to Jean Hersholt for 14,000 guilders, Navarro has to either pay off or bump off. He is about ready to bump when his uncle comes across with his last 14,000 to save the lad, who thereupon resigns his lieutenancy in the Guards and doubles up with the dame who has become Hersholt’s mistress.

The picture dies all the way through the playing. Chandler starts wrong and never rights herself. Novarro tries the light juvenile style as the lieutenant but it flattens at every try.

Daybreak

Production

M-G-M. Director Jacques Feyder; Screenplay Ruth Cumming, Zelda Sears, Cyril Hume; Camera Merritt B. Gerstad

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1931. Running time: 73 MIN.

With

Ramon Novarro Helen Chandler Jean Hersholt C. Aubrey Smith William Bakewell Karen Morley
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