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The Missing Juror (1944) was a Mystery Film directed by Budd Boetticher and produced by Wallace MacDonald.

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Harry Wharton: I'm not going to hang? I'm not going to hang. Why, I've been hanged 100 times already. I'm a dead man, one of the living dead. Every time somebody marched down those stairs, I marched with him. I've hanged so many men on the gallows, the rope no longer chokes me.
[laughs]
Harry Wharton: That's funny, isn't it?
Prison Warden: Let's go down to my office, Harry.
Harry Wharton: Just a minute, Warden. Did you know that everything in these cells is done by twelves? There are 12 bars from the ceiling to the floor. It's exactly 12 steps around the inside of this. The guard takes just 12 steps from the stairs to here. Everything, everywhere, in twelves!
[laughs]
Harry Wharton: Like a jury! Twelve! Twelve! Twelve!
[laughs uncontrollably]


Harry Wharton: Now you know why I ordered everything in twelves. Call it what you will - obsession, insanity, murder complex.
Alice Hill: Do you believe that by destroying others you can bring ease to your own mind?
Harry Wharton: I must try. I can't go on this living death. I must find myself.
Alice Hill: Over the bodies of your innocent victims?
Harry Wharton: Innocent? Was it innocent to send me to the death house? Have you any conception what it's like inside those cold walls? Waiting, eternally waiting. To fall asleep and awaken night after night with that choking sensation in your throat. You and the others die only once. I died 100 times, 1000 times. I must find myself.
Alice Hill: Can you find yourself through murder, through cruelty? I remember they said at your trial that...
Harry Wharton: That I was the gentlest of men? I am. But only when the twelve are hanged can I return to the land of the living, to the beautiful things I loved. Stand up, Alice.
[He grasps a noose that is hanging down from a ceiling beam. Alice tries to scream, but he covers her mouth with his gloved hand]
Harry Wharton: It's no use screaming. No one will hear you.


Harry Wharton: The truth is, I haven't slept since Mr. Wharton was convicted. I spend my nights exploring the jungles of this great city. I find it fascinating, the battle of good versus evil. I could take you places, show you things that would surprise even a man of your wide acquaintance.


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