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The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)

 -  Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  17 August 1939 (USA)
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When Dr. Savaard's experiment in cryonics is interrupted by the short-sighted authorities, his volunteer dies, and he is condemned to death. He vows vengeance if he can survive his own hanging.

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Mad Scientist, Dr. Henryk Savaard, is obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. The police are alerted of Savaard's activities by his assistant's girlfriend. Savaard is arrested, convicted and sentenced to hang. He vows revenge on the judge, jury and district attorney. After the hanging, his assistant claims Savaard's body and uses Savaard's technique on it. Savaard is brought back to life. Now he can seek sweet revenge on his prosecutors. Written by Kelly

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Part of the SON OF SHOCK package of 21 titles released to television in 1958, which followed the original SHOCK THEATER release of 52 features one year earlier. This was also one of the 12 Columbia titles, the other 61 all being Universals. See more »

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Priest: It seems strange to see you in such good spirits, Doctor.
Dr. Henryk Savaard: Strange that I should have no fear of dying? Well, I have lived so long questioning the unknown that this plunge into its depths is only the last and perhaps the greatest of my experiments.
Priest: Have you no faith?
Dr. Henryk Savaard: As a scientist, I'm afraid I'm a professional skeptic who doubts everything - even the certainties.
Priest: But do you not recognize the great truths?
Dr. Henryk Savaard: I never found one that would bear analysis.
Priest: Can't you conceive of a truth too great for ...
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Boris Karloff at his very best
7 October 2004 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

The Man They Could Not Hang has to be one of Boris's better movies and I have seen it a couple of times.

A mad scientist is about to do an experiment to bring somebody back to life using a special device he has invented. His assistant's girlfriend reports him to the police and they arrive before he completes the experiment and is arrested and sentenced to death. After hanging, his assistant takes his body and manages to bring him back to life and he then gets revenge on the people who senctenced him. In a struggle at the end, he is shot and he dies for the second time.

This is one of my favourite Boris Karloff movies and I rather enjoyed watching this. A must for Karloff fans.

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5.


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