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They Can't Hang Me (1955)

A senior civil servant is condemned to hang for murder but he claims to have top secret security information...



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Cast overview:
Inspector Ralph Brown
Jill Wilson
Anthony Oliver ...
Inspector Newcombe
Robert Isaac Pitt
Reginald Beckwith ...
Ursula Howells ...
Antonia Pitt
Guido Lorraine ...
Pietr Revski
Basil Dignam ...
Wing Commander Riddle
Assistant Commissioner
Mark Dignam ...
Prison Governor
Raymond Rollett ...
Sir Robert Rosper
Fred Johnson ...
Professor Robinson-Heston
Arnold Marlé ...
Professor Karl Kopek
Barry Lowe ...
Pvt. Eric Colter, soldier with rifle
Diana Lambert ...
Young Woman


Sentenced to death for murder, a civil servant reveals that he has long been a foreign agent smuggling secrets out of the country. He meets with special branch officer Inspector Brown and offers to reveal the identity of an elusive master spy in return for a reprieve. With five days before Pitt is to be hung, Brown sets out to trace the identity of the spy without having to reprieve Pitt. Written by bob the moo

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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

October 1955 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

De kan ikke hænge mig  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When the policeman is shot in the shoulder at the research facility he falls as though he was shot in the stomach or chest. Furthermore his lying position in front of the car changes between camera angles. See more »


Music by Denis Rycoth (pseudonym of Sidney Torch)
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Do special branch officers have butler's?
18 December 2015 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This film would appear to be inspired,if that is the word,by the defection of Burgess and MacLean to the Russians in the 1950s.Terence Morgan plays a special branch officer who has a butler,the inimitable Reginald Beckwith.He also is lumbered by having Yolande Donlan as his girl friend by virtue of the fact that she was married to the director Val Guest.The best part of the film is the opening two minutes,after that it rather drags.To my mind there is a basic flaw.Why would the murderer wait till he was sitting in the condemned cell before trying to make a deal.This makes no sense whatsoever.It is not till near the end that we learn who is the escaping secret agent.However the climax is very disappointing.

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