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  • PG
  • Drama, War
  • 1943
  • 131 mins

Hangmen Also Die!

Hangmen Also Die!

About

Lang's marvellously dark adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's fictionalized take on the assassination of notorious Nazi leader and Czech 'protector' Reinhard Heydrich by the resistance movement, killed in Prague in 1942. Donlevy plays the assassin hiding in the city as the Gestapo promise retribution. There's plenty of tense Langian suspense and the story fits his noir disposition perfectly.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Gene Lockhart, Dennis O'Keefe, Anna Lee, Walter Brennan, Brian Donlevy, Alexander Granach
  • Director: Fritz Lang
  • Writer: John Wexley
  • Producer: T W Baumfield, Fritz Lang
  • Photographer: James Wong Howe

In a nutshell

Brecht was apparently none too pleased with the result, feeling his contribution had been undermined, but the film manages to pull off the tough double of making an anti-Nazi political statement and being thrilling entertainment as well.

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