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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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... Himself - Host
... John Marriott
... Attendant
... Executioner
Leslie Denison ... Chaplain
... 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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The executioner binds John Marriott's hands so loosely that he could easily free himself. See more »

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One Way to Skin a Cat
29 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

In an 1895 London prison, condemned Alfred Ryder (as John Marriott) nervously waits to be hanged. Before he is taken to the gallows, Mr. Ryder admits to the chaplain, "I pushed a blind beggar into the gutter and I robbed his tin cup." More seriously, he murdered a woman. Ryder is surprised when the hanging rope snaps, saving his life. Ryder explains a vision showed him there would be only one way they could kill him. He asks for a last meal, explaining, "It's not healthy for a man to miss his breakfast." Repeated attempts to kill him are futile, and Ryder is released. But, soon, Ryder meets his Achilles' heel…

**** The Devil's Laughter (3/31/59) John Ireland ~ Alfred Ryder, Ben Wright, Lester Matthews


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