Golden Dawn (film)

Golden Dawn

Directed by Ray Enright
Written by Walter Anthony
Based on the operetta by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto A. Harbach.
Starring Walter Woolf King
Vivienne Segal
Alice Gentle
Noah Beery, Sr.
Music by Herbert Stothart
Emmerich Kálmán
Rex Dunn
Robert Stolz
Cinematography Frank B. Good
Devereaux Jennings (Technicolor)
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • June 14, 1930 (1930-06-14)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Golden Dawn is a 1930 American Pre-Code musical operetta film released by Warner Bros., photographed entirely in Technicolor, and starring Walter Woolf King and Noah Beery. The film is based on the semi-hit stage musical of the same name by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach. Beery's extraordinarily deep bass voice registers particularly well in the songs.


The story takes place in colonial Africa, where Vivienne Segal (as Dawn), plays the part of a white girl who was kidnapped in infancy and is being brought up by a black native, played by Alice Gentle, as her own. Alice Gentle runs a canteen in the now German colonial settlement. Segal falls in love with Walter Woolf King, a British rubber planter who is now a prisoner of war. Noah Beery, who is the native black leader of the tribes in that region, is also in love with Segal and becomes extremely jealous when he heard of Segal's love for King. King, however, is sent back to Britain by the Germans for attempting to steal Segal, whom they believe is half black. Eventually, the British regain control of the territory and drive out the Germans. King returns to the colony. When the settlement experiences a drought, Beery attempts to incite the natives against Segal, claiming that their native God is angry because Segal has dared to love a white man. King is unable to save Segal because the colonial authorities refuse to act unless they have proof that Segal is one hundred percent white. Eventually Gentle confesses that she is not Segal's real mother and that her real (white) father confirms what she confessed is true and that her mother was white. King quickly brings the British troops just as the natives are about to sacrifice Segal. During the ceremony however, one of the virgin priestesses of the native God, revels that Beery has been lying about Segal. The God is not interested in Segal since she is pure white. Furthermore she reveals that Beery had violated her chastity and claims that their native God was angry because of this sacrilegious act. Beery is sacrificed to the anger of the natives and the drought quickly ends as rain pours down. In the end, Segal and King, happily reunited, sail back to England together.




Beery was the accomplished older brother of actor Wallace Beery and comedian Lupino Lane was the uncle of actress/director Ida Lupino. Noah Beery was widely praised for his deep bass voice after he first sang in Song of the Flame. He recorded the song "The Whip" for Brunswick Records and the recording was issued in their popular ten inch series on record number 4824.

Preservation status

The film survives only in a black-and-white copy made in the 1957 from Associated Artists Productions. No color footage is known to exist. This film was released on DVD and is available from the Warner Archive Collection.

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