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Mascha Novotny (Anna Lee) is horrified at seeing her fiancé arrested by the Nazis.
Mascha Novotny (Anna Lee) is horrified at seeing her fiancé arrested by the Nazis.
Dr. Franticek Svoboda aka Karel Vanek (Brian Donlevy) barely eludes his Nazi pursuers.
Dr. Franticek Svoboda aka Karel Vanek (Brian Donlevy) barely eludes his Nazi pursuers.
Czechoslovakia’s ruthless Deputy Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski) was also known as the
Czechoslovakia’s ruthless Deputy Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski) was also known as the "Hangman of Europe".
History professor Stephen Novotny (Walter Brennan) courageously faces the firing squad.
History professor Stephen Novotny (Walter Brennan) courageously faces the firing squad.

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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 78
Notable as: Film noirGenre: War film, Thriller, Film noir, DramaMain subject: World War IIRuntime: 117 - 135 minutesLanguage: English, GermanCountry: United StatesDirector: Fritz LangScreenwriter: John Wexley, Fritz Lang, Bertolt BrechtMusic: Hanns EislerCinematography: James Wong HoweStars: Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Arno Frey, Anna Lee, Gene Lockhart, Dennis O'Keefe, Margaret Wycherly Producer: Fritz Lang, Arnold PressburgerAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic or Comedy Score (Hanns Eisler)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Hangmen Also Die! is a 1943 noir war film directed by the Austrian director Fritz Lang and written by John Wexley from a story by Bertolt Brecht and Lang. The film stars Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Alexander Granach and Anna Lee, and features Gene Lockhart and Dennis O'Keefe. The music is by Hanns Eisler and James Wong Howe served as cinematographer. The film is loosely based on the 1942 assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi Reich Protector of German-occupied Prague, number-two man in the SS, and a chief architect of the Holocaust, who was known as "The Hangman of Prague." The real Heydrich was assassinated by Czech resistance fighters parachuted from a British plane in Operation Anthropoid, but in the movie, which was made during World War II before the full story had become public knowledge, Heydrich's killer is depicted as a member of the Czech resistance with ties to the Communist Party. Hangmen Also Die! was Bertolt Brecht's only script for a Hollywood film: the money he earned from the project enabled him to write The Visions of Simone Machard, Schweik in the Second World War and an adaptation of Webster's The Duchess of Malfi.


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