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Today I Hang (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 9 January 1942 (USA)
Henry Courtney, a wealthy importer is found murdered and the famous DeNormand necklace has been stolen. The false testimony of two witnesses, Rand and Hobbs, puts Jim O'Brien in the shadow ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Martha Courtney
Warden Burke
Henry Courtney
James Craven ...
Joseph Rand
Michael Raffetto ...
Roger Lanning
Sam Bernard ...
Slick Pheeney
Det. Johnson
Peter Hobbs


Henry Courtney, a wealthy importer is found murdered and the famous DeNormand necklace has been stolen. The false testimony of two witnesses, Rand and Hobbs, puts Jim O'Brien in the shadow of the hangman's noose. Martha Courtney, widow of the murdered man and Jim's former sweetheart is convinced he isn't guilty, and promises crooked lawyer Roger Lanning the necklace - which Jim doesn't have - if he can arrange for Jim's escape. Rand and Lanning killed Courtney, but Lanning doesn't know that Rand has the necklace. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

9 January 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pendu à l'aube  »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Thursday 19 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Necklace or Necktie : It's your choice
31 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** Just when out of town in far off Burma jewel importer Jim O'Brien, Walter Woolf King, shows up at the Courtney residence there's man of the house Henry Courtnry, Harry Woods, and Joseph Rand, James Carven,slugging it out with the butler Hobbs, Paul Scardon, just looking on and enjoying the show. It soon becomes clear that there was a falling out among the two about the DeNormand Necklace that the two were struggling it out over that seemed to have suddenly disappeared.

With the man out in the cold O'Brien who was to be cheated out of his share of the $25,000.00 necklace by the two realizing, by showing up a bit too early, he was being shafted. It' really Martha Courtney, Mona Barrie,the later late Henry's wife who's the one trying to get her hands on the necklace and is using and manipulating both O'Brien & Rand to find it for her without them knowing about it.

As things soon turn out Henry is found murdered with O'Brien in who's suitcase the murder weapon was found is arrested for murdering him! Convicted and sentenced to hang O'Brien makes a deal, with Mona's help, with the law that if allowed to escape from death row while on his way to the gallows he'll find Courtney's killer as well as the missing DeNormand necklace. And is given by the courts just four days to do it before the trap door is sprung on him!

****SPOILERS**** Confusing and complected story that has so many plot-holes that it's almost impossible to both follow and understand. What we do get to know is the person who really murdered Courtnry, no big surprise, and at the same time hid the expensive necklace for safe keeping. The only surprise in all this is who was his accomplice that didn't turn out to be, in that kind of person already becoming legendary in these kind of whodunit films, not that much of a surprise either!

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