After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed.

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Prof. Stephen Novotny
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Masha Novotny
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Emil Czaka
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Jan Horak
Margaret Wycherly ...
Ludmilla Novotny
Nana Bryant ...
Mrs. Hellie Novotny
William Roy ...
Boda Novotny (as Billy Roy)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ...
Alexander Granach ...
Tonio Selwart ...
Chief of Gestapo Kurt Haas
Jonathan Hale ...
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Banya
Sarah Padden ...
Mrs. Georgia Dvorak
Edmund MacDonald ...
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On May 27, 1942 the Nazi Reichsprotector of Bohemia/Moravia, the "Hangman" Reinhard Heydrich, died from the bullets of unidentified resistance fighters. Hangmen Also Die is the story of Heydrich's assassination in fictionalized form. It was Bertolt Brecht's only comparatively successful Hollywood project; the money he received allowed him to write "The Visions of Simone Marchand", "Schwyk in the Second World War" and his adaptation of Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi". Hanns Eisler won an Academy Award for his musical score. Written by J.Arnold Free <arnold@mayahtt.ca>

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15 April 1943 (USA)  »

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Never Surrender  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The idea for the film was inspired by the assassination of Gestapo official Reinhard Heydrich by Czech guerrillas and the subsequent reprisals taken by Nazi occupation forces. See more »

Goofs

The character of Reinhard Heydrich wears the collar tabs of an SS-Gruppenfuehrer (group leader, roughly lieutenant general), three oak leaves. As Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia his rank was higher, SS-Obergruppenfuehrer (higher group leader, roughly full general). The proper insignia for this rank in 1942 was three oak leaves with a single pip underneath. See more »

Quotes

Gestapo Insp. Alois Gruber: You better put that down.
Dr. Pillar: I'm going to put it where it belongs
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The end of the film reads "NOT The End". See more »


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No Surrender
Music by Hanns Eisler
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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Bitter WW II movie
10 March 2003 | by (Santa Maria, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this today for the first time on TCM TV. This is an apocryphal version of the assassination of the Nazi leader and Czech "protector" Reinhard Heydrich by resistance fighter in World War II. The assassin evades the widening Nazi dragnet in Czechoslovakia even to the point of self-sacrifice. The Nazis plan to provide an "assassin" who is actually a Czech traitor, played admirably by Gene Lockhart. Brian Donlevy plays Dr. Svoboda aka Karel Vansky and Anna Lee is Nasha Novotna with Dennis O'Keefe her fiance as Jan Horak. Many old movie oldtimers are in this film, and the intensity builds up to immense pitch. Some say this is all propoaganda by Hollywood, but lest we forget, it could happen here. I notice lately TCM and AMC TV are playing a great deal of the old WW II movies.


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