One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
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The Devil's Laughter 

John Marriott boasted to his jailers, the executioner and anyone else who would listen that before the first attempted execution he was frightened out of his wits. But when the hood was put... See full summary »

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John Newland ...
Himself - Host
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John Marriott
Patrick Westwood ...
Attendant
Ben Wright ...
Executioner
Leslie Denison ...
Chaplain
Lester Matthews ...
Prison Governor
Gordon Richards ...
Doctor
Keith McConnell ...
Reporter
Alma Lawton ...
Liz
John Ainsworth ...
Will Cooper
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John Marriott boasted to his jailers, the executioner and anyone else who would listen that before the first attempted execution he was frightened out of his wits. But when the hood was put over his head, he saw how he would die, and it would not be on the gallows. Written by richardann

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31 March 1959 (USA)  »

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Man Who Would Not Hang
14 April 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Alfred Ryder stars as convicted and condemned murderer John Marriott, who is on the gallows awaiting to be hanged, desperate and scared for it to be stopped. He strangely gets his wish when the noose breaks, and after Marriott claims to have seen his true cause of death(not hanging) becomes jubilant and defiant to the authorities, who are indeed unable to hang him! He will however not escape justice, as an ironic and abrupt fate awaits him much sooner than he thinks... Ryder really lets loose here, giving one of the most distinctive performances in the series, which makes his must deserve comeuppance at the end especially satisfying.


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