Hangmen Also Die!

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Hangmen Also Die!
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Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Fritz Lang
Release Date 1943
Language English
German
Studio Arnold Pressburger Films
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dr. Frantiček Svoboda / Karel Vaněk Brian Donlevy
Prof. Stepan Novotny Walter Brennan
Masha Novotny Anna Lee
Emil Czaka Gene Lockhart
Gestapo Insp. Alois Gruber Alexander Granach


Hangmen Also Die! is a largely forgotten masterpiece directed by Fritz Lang (M, The Big Heat, Metropolis, Spies) and co-written with Bertolt Brecht, the great German writer’s only film screenplay. Starring Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee, Gene Lockhart, and Alexander Granach, the film is a fictional account of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia and “Butcher of Prague,” and of the German retaliation against the Czech people. Released during the war, the story suggests that the assassination was the work of the Czech Communist Party, when in fact and unknown at the time, the assassination was arranged by British and Czech secret services. The film’s heroic portrayal of Czech communists and Brecht’s own socialist sympathies, which landed him on Hollywood’s black-list, helped relegate this film to the dusty shelves of the studio. Kino Cinema helped restore the film to its rightful place in the canon of Lang’s great pictures.


The following weapons were used in the film Hangmen Also Die!:

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Webley & Scott Metropolitan Police Pistol

Throughout the film, a Webley & Scott Metropolitan Police Pistol is seen as the assassin’s pistol.

Webley & Scott Metropolitan Police Pistol
Dr. Frantiček Svoboda (Brian Donlevy) turns the assassin's pistol over to the Czech Communist Party Secretary.
The Gestapo discovers the assassin's pistol.
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1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol

Throughout the film, Gestapo Insp. Alois Gruber (Alexander Granach) carries a 1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol.

1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol
Inspector Gruber gets the drop on Dr. Frantiček Svoboda (Brian Donlevy).
Inspector Gruber warns the suspects.
Inspector Gruber phones the Gestapo.

Luger P08

Throughout the film, SS NCO carry a Luger P08.

Lugar P08
Inspector Gruber confronts Dr. Frantiček Svoboda / Karel Vaněk.
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Unidentified revolver

A Gestapo inspector during arrest of resistance members in a pub pulls an unidentified revolver.

A Gestapo inspector drew his revolver and shoots at a secretary of Communist party.
One of the resistance fighters drags with a Gestapo inspector about his revolver.

Thompson submachine gun

Throughout the film, German Schutzstaffel (SS) carry a Thompson submachine guns mocked up as MP40.

Colt M1921A Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP
MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Schutzstaffel protect the Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski).
Note the Thompson's bolt actuator on top of the receiver in this shot. The length of the of the barrel is also longer than that of a real MP40.
Inspector Gruber searches Dr. Frantiček Svoboda / Karel Vaněk's apartment.
Schutzstaffel searches in Emil Czaka's vila.
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Gewehr 1898

Throughout the film, German soldiers and SS men carry a Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Schutzstaffel forces protect Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich.
Schutzstaffel forces with rifles in hand search for the assassin, hiding in the dark.
SS officer question eyewitnesses, his men are equipped with Gewehr 98s.
German soldiers guarding the lattice carry Mauser Gewehr 1898 on their shoulders.



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