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The Man They Could Not Hang -- Following the invention of a life-saving artificial heart, a test that accidentally kills a volunteer subject sends Dr. Henryk Savaard (Boris Karloff) to the gallows.  Before dying, Savaard vows to avenge his death.  So when a reporter who's investigating the mysterious suicides of six of the jurors follows the remaining principals in the case to a meeting at the late doctor's home, he finds Sa..

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Writers:
Karl Brown (screenplay)
George Wallace Sayre (story)
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Release Date:
17 August 1939 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
TRANSFORMED BY THE HANGMAN'S NOOSE...from a doctor serving humanity into a demon filled with hate...and terrorizing blood-lust! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Boris Karloff ... Dr. Henryk Savaard

Lorna Gray ... Janet Savaard

Robert Wilcox ... 'Scoop' Foley
Roger Pryor ... District Attorney Drake

Don Beddoe ... Police Lt. Shane

Ann Doran ... Betty Crawford
Joe De Stefani ... Dr. Stoddard
Charles Trowbridge ... Judge Bowman
Byron Foulger ... Lang
Dick Curtis ... Jury Foreman Clifford Kearney

James Craig ... Juror Watkins

John Tyrrell ... Juror Sutton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Anderson ... Prison Warden (uncredited)

Sam Ash ... Druggist (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... Defense Attorney Parker (uncredited)
Stanley Brown ... Bob Roberts (uncredited)
Flo Campbell ... Housewife (uncredited)

John Dilson ... King - City Editor (uncredited)
Carl Faulkner ... Bailiff (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Juror (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Cigar-Smoking Fat Juror (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Lally ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Larry Lund ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Ian Maclaren ... Priest (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Prison Official (uncredited)
Charles Miller ... Dr. Avery - Juror (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Reporter (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Second Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Juror (uncredited)

Walter Sande ... Reporter at Typewriter (uncredited)

Robert Sterling ... First Reporter (uncredited)
Edward Thomas ... Butler (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... Senior Butler (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Grinde  (as Nick Grindé)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Karl Brown  screenplay
George Wallace Sayre  story
Leslie T. White  story

Produced by
Wallace MacDonald .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline  (as Benjamin Kline)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Flood .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
R.H. Bassett .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Karol Rathaus .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Grant Still .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gregory Stone .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
64 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
Part of the Son of Shock package of 20 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 11 Columbia titles, the other 61 all being Universals.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Henryk Savaard:We've taken a human life! If we can't restore that life, the law will call it murder.See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Boris Karloff Movies AHEAD of the TIMES!, 4 March 2003
Author: whpratt1 from United States

This film was by all means a head of its times with heart transplants and mechanical parts in the year 1939. This films success was encouraged by a Dr. Robert Cornish who was a biochemist hired by Columbia pictures who present the idea of a mechanical heart. Columbia signed Karloff for several more films in the same theme, staring the actor onto his second "crazed scientist" cycle. It is unbelievable that for more than twenty-five years later, human lives were successfully prolonged by surgical heart transplants. Karloff looks less menacing that he has been in the past. Karloff as usual, turns in his usual good performance.

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