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Hangmen Also Die! (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | April 1943 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Franticek Svoboda / Karel Vanek
... Prof. Stephen Novotny
... Masha Novotny
... Emil Czaka
... Jan Horak
... Ludmilla Novotny
... Mrs. Hellie Novotny
William Roy ... Beda Novotny (as Billy Roy)
... Reinhard Heydrich (as H. H v. Twardowski)
... Gestapo Insp. Alois Gruber
Tonio Selwart ... Chief of Gestapo Kurt Haas
... Dedic
... Banya
... Mrs. Georgia Dvorak
... Dr. Pillar
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Storyline

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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Nazi "Justice"! See more »


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April 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Never Surrender  »

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(Turner library print) | (DVD)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first telecasts of this film occurred Sunday 31 August 1947 in both New York City on WNBT (Channel 4), and in Washington DC on WNBW (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Sunday 14 December 1947 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Saturday 27 March 1948 on WPTZ (Channel 3), in Chicago Monday 26 April 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in Detroit Sunday 25 April 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4), in Baltimore Saturday 15 May 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), and in Cincinnati Wednesday 21 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

After the German soldier shoots open the study door at Czaka's house, the door is opened yet there are no bullet holes, around the door handle or in the door or frame, even though there were at least 10 rounds fired by a machine gun. See more »

Quotes

Czech Patriot: Your mothers were slimy rats! Their milk was sewer water!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits Jonathan Hale's name is spelled correctly the first time it appears. Then in the cast of characters that appears a few seconds later it is misspelled as "Jonathon" Hale. See more »


Soundtracks

No Surrender
(uncredited)
Music by Hanns Eisler
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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Why great directors make great films
5 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

The actors in this film made any number of cheesy B movies during the war, but with Berthold Brecht and Fritz Lang behind them they made a movie touching on greatness. Check out the characterizations of Heydrich, the policeman Gruber, and the other Gestapo agents. Walter Brennan as the patriotic father was an odd choice, but maybe I'm being blinded by his later Western sidekick roles. The sets are outstanding. Although obviously on a Hollywood back lot they made a very believable Prague, using in part pre-war travelogue footage of the city. Indoor scenes are excellent. The actors look like they live in a real place, not a cuckooland paradise that most hack directors would give you.


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