A crusading reporter (James Cagney) fights political corruption but becomes a hardened convict when he's framed, meeting up in prison with a gangster (George Raft) and ultimately losing his grip on sanity. This riveting 1939 feature capped a decade that began for Cagney with 1931's Public Enemy. Raft had known Cagney since they were hoofers in vaudeville, and Each Dawn I Die was his first film after signing with Warner Bros. and joining their legendary cadre of tough guys.
"Cagney fans will be pleasantly surprised at his restrained, skillful performance. Raft is a plausible, gripping underworld big-timer. He rates the co-starring classification."—Variety