The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)

64 mins | Horror, Drama | 17 August 1939

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Aug 1939
p. 3
Film Daily
28 Aug 1939
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 1939
pp. 6-7
Hollywood Reporter
21 Aug 1939
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
21 Sep 1939
p. 5
Motion Picture Herald
30 Sep 1939
p. 42
New York Times
21 Sep 1939
p. 21
Variety
27 Sep 1939
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
George W. Sayre
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 August 1939
Production Date:
27 Jun--12 Jul 1939
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
14 August 1939
LP9035
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5566
SYNOPSIS

Obsessed with bringing the dead back to life, Dr. Henryk Savaard perfects a mechanical device that suspends and restores life at will. The doctor is working on his first patient, a medical student who has volunteered for the experiment, when the police, alerted by the student's sweetheart, break into the lab and refuse to allow the doctor to bring his human guinea pig back to life. Convicted and sentenced to hang for murder, the doctor vows revenge on the judge, jury and district attorney. After the hanging, the doctor's trusted assistant claims his lifeless body and, using the mechanical device perfected by Savaard, brings him back to life. Foresaking science for revenge, Savaard lures his persecutors one by one to his house and murders them. After the death of the sixth juror, reporter "Scoop" Foley deduces that the killings are related to the doctor's trial, and he goes to the Savaard house, where he finds the surviving members of the trial imprisoned by the vengeance-crazed doctor. Savaard is working on his ninth victim when his daughter Janet interrupts his plans. In the confusion, Janet is electrocuted and Savaard mortally wounded. Summoning the strength to apply his lifesaving technique to his own daughter, Savaard then destroys the apparatus and dies of his injuries, taking the secret of perpetual life to his ...

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Obsessed with bringing the dead back to life, Dr. Henryk Savaard perfects a mechanical device that suspends and restores life at will. The doctor is working on his first patient, a medical student who has volunteered for the experiment, when the police, alerted by the student's sweetheart, break into the lab and refuse to allow the doctor to bring his human guinea pig back to life. Convicted and sentenced to hang for murder, the doctor vows revenge on the judge, jury and district attorney. After the hanging, the doctor's trusted assistant claims his lifeless body and, using the mechanical device perfected by Savaard, brings him back to life. Foresaking science for revenge, Savaard lures his persecutors one by one to his house and murders them. After the death of the sixth juror, reporter "Scoop" Foley deduces that the killings are related to the doctor's trial, and he goes to the Savaard house, where he finds the surviving members of the trial imprisoned by the vengeance-crazed doctor. Savaard is working on his ninth victim when his daughter Janet interrupts his plans. In the confusion, Janet is electrocuted and Savaard mortally wounded. Summoning the strength to apply his lifesaving technique to his own daughter, Savaard then destroys the apparatus and dies of his injuries, taking the secret of perpetual life to his grave.

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