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The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) was a Crime - Horror Film directed by Nick Grinde and produced by Wallace MacDonald.

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Watching 1939: The Man They Could Not Hang

on Oct 18, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article


The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)

By Beatrice on Feb 22, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Man They Could Not Hang Directed by Nick Grinde Written by Karl Brown, George Wallace Sayre, and Leslie T. White 1939/USA Columbia Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental This is a good little “B” horror picture with a fine performance by Boris Karloff. Dr. Henryk Savaard (Karloff) h... Read full article


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Priest: It seems strange to see you in such good spirits, Doctor.
Dr. Henryk Savaard: Strange that I should have no fear of dying? Well, I have lived so long questioning the unknown that this plunge into its depths is only the last and perhaps the greatest of my experiments.
Priest: Have you no faith?
Dr. Henryk Savaard: As a scientist, I'm afraid I'm a professional skeptic who doubts everything - even the certainties.
Priest: But do you not recognize the great truths?
Dr. Henryk Savaard: I never found one that would bear analysis.
Priest: Can't you conceive of a truth too great for the human mind to analyze?
Dr. Henryk Savaard: Tonight, no, but tomorrow I may know better!


Dr. Henryk Savaard: Think of it! The Edison or Pasteur of tomorrow need not die merely because his heart is worn out. We'll give him a new heart taken perhaps from the body of a young man who's been killed in a automobile accident. And our great genius is awakened to another sixty years of useful life! You ask me if that's a benefit to mankind? I answer it's the gift of eternal life! But whether man's wise enough or old enouh to receive such a gift, I don't know. I don't know!


Dr. Henryk Savaard: Always remember I offered you life, and you gave me death!


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Part of the SON OF SHOCK package of 21 titles released to television in 1958, which followed the original SHOCK THEATER release of 52 features one year earlier. This was also one of the 12 Columbia titles, the other 61 all being Universals.
Shooting lasted from June 27-July 12, 1939, released Aug. 17.
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