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Director:
Writers:
Bertolt Brecht (adaptation) (original story) and
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Release Date:
15 April 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fritz Lang's masterpiece of intrigue and deception. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Fabulous for the time--right smack in the middle of it all See more (45 total) »

Cast

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Brian Donlevy ... Dr. Franticek Svoboda / Karel Vanek

Walter Brennan ... Prof. Stephen Novotny

Anna Lee ... Nasha Novotny

Gene Lockhart ... Emil Czaka
Dennis O'Keefe ... Jan Horak
Margaret Wycherly ... Ludmilla Novotny
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Hellie Novotny
William Roy ... Boda Novotny (as Billy Roy)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Reinhard Heydrich
Alexander Granach ... Gestapo Insp. Alois Gruber
Tonio Selwart ... Chief of Gestapo Kurt Haas
Jonathan Hale ... Dedic

Lionel Stander ... Banya
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Georgia Dvorak
Edmund MacDonald ... Dr. Pillar
Byron Foulger ... Bartos
Virginia Farmer ... Mrs. Nimitz
Ludwig Donath ... Schirmer (as Louis Donath)

George Irving ... Neeval
James Bush ... Peacock
Arno Frey ... Camp Lieutenant Itnut
Lester Sharpe ... Rudy
Arthur Loft ... Gen. Votruba
Reinhold Schünzel ... Gestapo Insp. Ritter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Abbott ... Hostage (scenes deleted)
Louis Adlon ... Adjutant (uncredited)
Erville Alderson ... Liberal Official (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Slugger in Theater (uncredited)
Jack Alfred ... Busboy (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ... Nazi Official (uncredited)
Florence Auer ... Czech Patriot (uncredited)
Felix Basch ... (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Cabbie (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Kylar (uncredited)
Edna Bennett ... Pregnant Woman (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Market Woman (uncredited)
Lane Bradford ... Gestapo Officer (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn ... SS Officer (uncredited)
Willy Castello ... SS Guard (uncredited)
Richard Clarke ... Priest (uncredited)
Steve Clemente ... Knife Thrower (uncredited)
Chester Conklin ... Cook (uncredited)
Edith Conrad ... Woman in Audience (uncredited)
Max Davidson ... Bearded Man (uncredited)
Bryn Davis ... Girl (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Wine Waiter (uncredited)
James Dime ... Gestapo Detective (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Aldrich Krapke (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Policeman (uncredited)
Gretl Dupont ... Angry Woman (uncredited)

Poldi Dur ... Slugger's Girlfriend in Theater (uncredited)
David Durand ... Bicycle Boy (uncredited)
James Eagles ... Svatak (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Professor (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Peasant Woman (uncredited)
Fred Essler ... Dr. Kesselbach (uncredited)
William Farnum ... Viktorin (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Heavyset Woman (uncredited)

Dwight Frye ... Hostage (uncredited)
Hans Fuerberg ... Personal Adjutant (uncredited)
Jack George ... Polcar (uncredited)
Inna Gest ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Workman (uncredited)
William Haade ... Mildrad (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man at Briefing (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Novak (uncredited)
Victor Kendall ... SS Leader (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ... Dovolga (uncredited)
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Czech Patriot (uncredited)
Kurt Kreuger ... Gestapo Officer (uncredited)
Rita La Roy ... Girl (uncredited)
Hope Landin ... Czech Patriot (uncredited)
Rolf Lindau ... De Lauge (uncredited)
Emmett Lynn ... Gerta (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Czech Patriot (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Counterwoman (uncredited)
Paul McVey ... Jan Pestuca (uncredited)
John Meredith ... Czech Man (uncredited)
Philip Merivale ... Policeman (uncredited)
Louis Merrill ... Industrialist (uncredited)
Peter Michael ... SS Captain (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Patriot at Meeting with Svoboda (uncredited)
Robert Milasch ... Jewish Prisoner (uncredited)
Edwin Mills ... Eduard (uncredited)
Harold Minjir ... Butler (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Dr. Svoboda's Nurse (uncredited)
George N. Neise ... Mueller (uncredited)
Carl Neubert ... Economist (uncredited)
Kurt Neumann ... SS Man (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Townsman on Street (uncredited)
John Piffle ... Industrialist (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Tobacconist (uncredited)
Lucien Prival ... Policeman (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Interpreter (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Gestapo Agent Schultz (uncredited)
Albin Robeling ... Clerk (uncredited)
Ernest Roberts ... (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Patriot at Meeting (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Janet Shaw ... Katerina Honiga (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... SS Lieutenant (uncredited)
Pietro Sosso ... Waiter (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Nazi Guard in Visitors' Pen (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Cigarette Smoker (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Tall Czech (uncredited)
Forrest Taylor ... Pipe Smoker (uncredited)
Walter Thiele ... Police Official (uncredited)
Sigfrid Tor ... Gescky (uncredited)
Fred Trowbridge ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Lisl Valetti ... Secretary (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Officer (uncredited)
Lucio Villegas ... Townsman at Briefing (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Hostage Wearing Glasses (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sam Waagenaar ... SS Man (uncredited)
Fay Wall ... Secretary (uncredited)
Eddy Waller ... Hansom Cab Driver (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... SS Headquarters Man (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Santrock (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Ugly German Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
Bertolt Brecht (adaptation) (original story) (as Bert Brecht) and
Fritz Lang (adaptation) (original story)

John Wexley (screenplay)

Produced by
Theo. W. Baumfeld .... assistant producer (as T.W. Baumfeld)
Fritz Lang .... producer
Arnold Pressburger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hanns Eisler 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe 
 
Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
William S. Darling 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup artist (as Blagoe Stephanoff)
 
Production Management
Carley Harriman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Mayo .... assistant director
Fred Pressburger .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Julia Heron .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound
Jack Whitney .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eleanor Behm .... dresses: Miss Lee
 
Music Department
Artur Guttmann .... conductor
 
Other crew
Max Pretzfelder .... technical advisor
 

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Runtime:
USA:134 min (Turner library print) | France:117 min (DVD)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved

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Trivia:
Originally, Bertolt Brecht was denied story credit by the Screen Writer's Guild, even though he worked closely with writer John Wexley on the project.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As the boy (Boda) picks the lock to open the door where Jan is tied up, he dumps the contents of his pockets on to the floor outside the room. Once he gets the door open he immediately goes inside and releases Jan. Once Jan is released, he and the boy rush out of the room but the things are no longer on the floor.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Franticek Svoboda:Dedric, what about the taxi driver?
Dedic:Jumped out of a window at the Gestapo. They'll get nothing from him.
Dr. Franticek Svoboda:I never met him. I wish I did.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Contempt (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fabulous for the time--right smack in the middle of it all, 5 December 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Hangmen Also Die! (1943)

The best part of this movie is knowing it was made right in the middle of the war, not in some recreation of the events. It's a little hyperbolic, for sure, but really well acted (both the Nazis and the Czechs), and it ends up being a battle of wits and tricks between the two sides.

Fritz Lang was a refuge from Nazi Europe and made this in Hollywood, with an expected sensibility for the cruelties and barbarism of the occupying nasties. And they probably were this nasty--worse, in truth, though less comically so, as the movie sometimes pushes it a bit. Still, really enjoyable, in all. Yet, somehow, it was long. The twists from one scene to another started to sound familiar, and the tension was sustained rather than invigorated, if that makes any sense.

Brian Donlevy is the leading good guy here, and he's always a little less than compelling, though he is not in most of the scenes so I suppose that's fine. The double-crosser was played by Gene Lockhart, whose presence grows as the movie gets on, and by the end he's really pretty amazing (far beyond the caricature of, say, the judge he played in "Miracle on 34th Street"). Walter Brennan makes an appearance, recognizable mostly by his voice. Two of the Nazi higher-ups were terrific, both the Pilsner guzzling brute and the slightly comical but scary gestapo head.

Lang is no fool, and he makes this movie not only a pleasure, but an important tool to remind viewers to be involved, to realize that you can fight oppression, even Nazi oppression, with enough wits and sacrifice.

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