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Hangmen Also Die! [DVD] [1943]

Release Date:09/09/2014
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    Special Features

    • Retoration of previously censored footage
    • New 30 minute featurette with historian and author Robert Gerwarth
    • Illustrated essay by Professor Peter Ellenbruch, University of Duisberg-Essen, Germany
    • Feature-length audio commentary by Richard Peña
    • 1942 German newsreel
    • Restoration before and after comparison
    • 2014 re-release trailer


    Hangmen Also Die!
    Hangmen Also Die is set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation. Czech loyalist Brian Donlevy assassinates the vicious Gestapo leader Heydrich, then goes into hiding. The wounded patriot is sheltered by history professor Walter Brennan, who is already under surveillance by the Nazis thanks to his veiled classroom attacks on the Third Reich. Fifth columnist Gene Lockhart arranges for the professor and 400 other Prague citizens to be rounded up as hostages, to be killed if Heydrich's assassin is not revealed. Ultimately Lockhart himself is framed by the citizenry, giving the actor full scope to cringe and cower as only he could. Persuasively directed by Fritz Lang, Hangmen Also Die was based on a story by Lang and expatriate German playwright Bertold Brecht. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Brian Donlevy
      Brian Donlevy - Dr. Franz Svoboda
    • Walter Brennan
      Walter Brennan - Prof. Stephan Novotny
    • Anna Lee
      Anna Lee - Mascha Novotny
    • Gene Lockhart
      Gene Lockhart - Emil Cruka
    • Dennis O'Keefe
      Dennis O'Keefe - Jan Horek

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