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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...


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


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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 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


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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A Thrill-A-Minute Story Behind Today's Atomic Headlines!


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Release Date:

October 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

De kan ikke hænge mig See more »

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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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When the policeman is shot in the shoulder at the research facility, he falls as though he was shot in the stomach or chest. Furthermore, his lying position in front of the car changes between camera angles. See more »


[first lines]
Robert Pitt: They can't hang me! They can't hang me!
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Smoke Room Boogie
Music by Howard Shaw (pseudonym of Malcolm Lockyer)
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Soho Killing: Senior Civil Servant Is Charged.
28 July 2014 | by SpikeopathSee 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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