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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...

Director:

Val Guest

Writers:

Val Guest (screenplay), Val Valentine (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Terence Morgan ... Inspector Brown
Yolande Donlan ... Jill Wilson
André Morell ... Robert Pitt (as Andre Morell)
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Antonia Pitt
Anthony Oliver Anthony Oliver ... Inspector Newcombe
Guido Lorraine Guido Lorraine ... Pietr Revski
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Harold
Basil Dignam ... Wing Commander Riddle
Raymond Rollett Raymond Rollett ... Sir Robert Rosper
Fred Johnson ... Professor Robinson-Heston
Arnold Marlé Arnold Marlé ... Karl Kopek (as Arnold Marle)
Mark Dignam ... Prison Governor
John Horsley ... Assistant Commissioner
Barry Lowe Barry Lowe ... Eric Colter
Diana Lambert Diana Lambert ... Young Woman
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Storyline

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

De kan ikke hænge mig See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vandyke Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Pitt's wife opens the garage door to allow Inspector Brown in the garage, the interior is in darkness. When the camera cuts to inside the garage it is fully lit. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Robert Pitt: They can't hang me! They can't hang me!
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Soundtracks

Iron Curtain
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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 malcolmgswSee 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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