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Hangmen Also Die! ()


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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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Dr. Franticek Svoboda / Karel Vanek
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Prof. Stephen Novotny
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Masha Novotny
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Emil Czaka
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Jan Horak
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Ludmilla Novotny
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Mrs. Hellie Novotny
William Roy ...
Beda Novotny (as Billy Roy)
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Reinhard Heydrich (as H. H v. Twardowski)
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Gestapo Insp. Alois Gruber
Tonio Selwart ...
Chief of Gestapo Kurt Haas
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Dedic
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Banya
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Mrs. Georgia Dvorak
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Dr. Pillar
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Bartos
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Mrs. Nimitz
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Schirmer (as Louis Donath)
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Neeval
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Peacock
Arno Frey ...
Camp Lt. Itnut
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Rudy
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Gen. Votruba
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Gestapo Insp. Ritter (as Reinhold Schuenzel)
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Hostage (scenesDeleted)
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Adjutant (uncredited)
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Liberal Official (uncredited)
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Slugger in Theater (uncredited)
Jack Alfred ...
Busboy (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ...
Nazi Official (uncredited)
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Czech Patriot (uncredited)
Felix Basch ...
(uncredited)
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Kylar (uncredited)
Edna Bennett ...
Pregnant Woman (uncredited)
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Market Woman (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ...
Hostage (uncredited)
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Gestapo Officer (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn ...
SS Officer (uncredited)
Willy Castello ...
SS Guard (uncredited)
Richard Clarke ...
Priest (uncredited)
Steve Clemente ...
Knife Thrower (uncredited)
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Cook (uncredited)
Edith Conrad ...
Woman in Audience (uncredited)
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Bearded Man (uncredited)
Bryn Davis ...
Girl (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ...
Wine Waiter (uncredited)
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Gestapo Detective (uncredited)
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Aldrich Krapke (uncredited)
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Hostage (uncredited)
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Czech Policeman (uncredited)
Gretl Dupont ...
Angry Woman (uncredited)
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Bicycle Boy (uncredited)
James Eagles ...
Svatak (uncredited)
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Professor (uncredited)
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Peasant Woman (uncredited)
Fred Essler ...
Dr. Kesselbach (uncredited)
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Viktorin (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ...
Heavyset Woman (uncredited)
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Hostage (uncredited)
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Personal Adjutant (uncredited)
Jack George ...
Polcar (uncredited)
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Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
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Workman (uncredited)
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Mildrad (uncredited)
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Slugger's Girlfriend in Theater (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Man at Briefing (uncredited)
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Fat Man (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ...
Novak (uncredited)
Victor Kendall ...
SS Leader (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ...
Dovolga (uncredited)
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Czech Patriot (uncredited)
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Gestapo Officer (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
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Czech Patriot (uncredited)
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Man at Briefing (uncredited)
Rolf Lindau ...
De Lauge (uncredited)
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Gerta (uncredited)
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Czech Patriot (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ...
Cabbie (uncredited)
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Counterwoman (uncredited)
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Jan Pestuca (uncredited)
John Meredith ...
Czech Man (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Louis Merrill ...
Industrialist (uncredited)
Peter Michael ...
SS Captain (uncredited)
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Patriot at Meeting with Svoboda (uncredited)
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Hostage (uncredited)
Edwin Mills ...
Eduard (uncredited)
Harold Minjir ...
Butler (uncredited)
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Dr. Svoboda's Nurse (uncredited)
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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)
Paul Power ...
Man at Briefing (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Interpreter (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ...
Gestapo Agent Schultz (uncredited)
Albin Robeling ...
Clerk (uncredited)
Ernest Roberts ...
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Henry Roquemore ...
Patriot at Meeting (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
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Katerina Honiga (uncredited)
George Sherwood ...
SS Lieutenant (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ...
Woman on Street (uncredited)
Pietro Sosso ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ...
Nazi Guard in Visitors' Pen (uncredited)
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Cigarette Smoker (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ...
Tall Czech (uncredited)
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Pipe Smoker (uncredited)
Walter Thiele ...
Police Official (uncredited)
Sigfrid Tor ...
Gescky (uncredited)
Fred Trowbridge ...
Man in Audience (uncredited)
Lisl Valetti ...
Secretary (uncredited)
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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)
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Hansom Cab Driver (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ...
SS Headquarters Man (uncredited)
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Santrock (uncredited)
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Ugly German Bodyguard (uncredited)

Directed by

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Fritz Lang

Written by

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Bertolt Brecht ... (adaptation) (original story) (as Bert Brecht) and
Fritz Lang ... (adaptation) (original story)
 
John Wexley ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Theo. W. Baumfeld ... assistant producer (as T.W. Baumfeld)
Fritz Lang ... producer
Arnold Pressburger ... producer

Music by

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Hanns Eisler

Cinematography by

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James Wong Howe

Film Editing by

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Gene Fowler Jr.

Art Direction by

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William S. Darling

Makeup Department

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Robert Stephanoff ... makeup artist (as Blagoe Stephanoff)

Production Management

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Carley Harriman ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Walter Mayo ... assistant director
Fred Pressburger ... assistant director

Art Department

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Julia Heron ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Fred Lau ... sound
Jack Whitney ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ned Scott ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eleanor Behm ... dresses: Miss Lee

Music Department

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Artur Guttmann ... conductor

Other crew

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Max Pretzfelder ... technical advisor

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Fritz Lang's masterpiece of intrigue and deception. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Trust the People (United States)
  • No Surrender (United States)
  • Never Surrender (United States)
  • Les bourreaux meurent aussi (France)
  • Auch Henker sterben (Germany)
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  • 134 min
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Trivia During the Joseph McCarthy-inspired "Red Scare" era in the 1950s, this was one of the films labeled "subversive" by the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) because it was alleged to have contained dialog that might be construed as pro-communist. Writer John Wexley was even "blacklisted". It wasn't seen again in the United States until the mid-'70s. See more »
Goofs The character of Reinhard Heydrich wears the collar tabs of an SS-Gruppenfuehrer (group leader, roughly lieutenant general), three oak leaves. As Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia his rank was higher, SS-Obergruppenfuehrer (higher group leader, roughly full general). The proper insignia for this rank in 1942 was three oak leaves with a single pip underneath. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hooray for Holyrood (1986). See more »
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Crazy Credits The end of the film reads "NOT The End". See more »
Quotes Gestapo Insp. Alois Gruber: You better put that down.
Dr. Pillar: I'm going to put it where it belongs
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