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The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1940)

A man involved in a crime (Nolan) kills his key witness by mistake and resigns himself to death. He changes his name so as not to harm his family. The law is not content with his ... See full summary »

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Alice Stetson
Richard Clarke ...
Steve Phillips
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Frederick Keller
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Horace Parker
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Miss Norton
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Mrs. Stetson
Paul Stanton ...
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Paul Gillis
Lester Sharpe ...
Henri Picot (as Lester Scharff)
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Lilly Wigham
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A man involved in a crime (Nolan) kills his key witness by mistake and resigns himself to death. He changes his name so as not to harm his family. The law is not content with his explanation, however. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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WHO is the man without a past?... WHAT secret sealed his lips?

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Crime | Drama

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23 January 1940 (USA)  »

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El valiente  »

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1.37 : 1
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Told that he might wind up in the electric chair, Joe Monday says he once heard a coward dies a thousand times. He's paraphrasing Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."

"A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come." See more »

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Remake of The Valiant (1929) See more »

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A very enjoyable B-movie
2 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk" has a story that is VERY hard to believe, it still is well worth seeing. It's a B-movie but despite that, it is very interesting and worth seeing. Plus, Lloyd Nolan (who did a lot of Bs) did a nice job here as did the director.

The film begins with a man being murdered. Someone is arrested for the killing but soon the real killer comes forward and admits he did it. Despite this, the killer (Nolan) won't say who he is or why he did it. The rest of the film consists of investigators and the court ultimately figuring out who he is as well as his more than justifiable reasons to kill the man. The answers are very satisfying...provided you turn off that part of your brain that questions just how realistic the story happens to be. Yes, it is far-fetched but still quite nice.


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