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They Can't Hang Me (1955)

 |  Crime, Drama  |  October 1955 (UK)
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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:
Terence Morgan ...
Inspector Ralph Brown
Yolande Donlan ...
Jill Wilson
Anthony Oliver ...
Inspector Newcombe
Robert Isaac Pitt
Reginald Beckwith ...
Ursula Howells ...
Antonia Pitt
Guido Lorraine ...
Pietr Revski
Basil Dignam ...
Wing Commander Riddle
John Horsley ...
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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October 1955 (UK)  »

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De kan ikke hænge mig  »

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Soho Killing: Senior Civil Servant Is Charged.
28 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

They Can't Hang Me is directed by Val Guest and adapted to screenplay by Guest and Val Valentine from the novel written by Leonard Mosley. It stars Terence Morgan, Yolande Donlan, Andre Morell, Anthony Oliver and Reginald Beckwith.

When Robert Pitt (Morell) is convicted of murder and sentenced to death by execution, he offers the state a bargain. Grant him a reprieve and he will reveal the name of the master spy known as Leonidas before he leaves the country with some atomic secrets.

Thus it's a race against time thriller as the coppers follow the various leads while Pitt grows ever more frantic in his cell. Ideally the police want to find Leonidas without Pitt's help, he is after all a murderer and the state officials are reluctant to grant the requested reprieve. The usual quota of suspects are thrust into the story at regular intervals, giving us a "who is it" thread, while Morgan's head copper tries to keep his lover happy as the search for Leonidas constantly drags him away from planned romantic evenings with her. This is actually a fun thread that's not played for marital drama, as is the byplay between Morgan and Oliver, two intrepid Inspectors who exchange banter and quips even as the pressure mounts.

Enjoyable without ever reaching great heights as a spy thriller, They Can't Hang Me is cautiously recommended to fans of such genre fare. 6/10

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