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Hangmen Also Die

Cinematographer James Wong Howe, Director Fritz Lang and actor H.H. Twardowski discussing the shooting script.

Cinematographer James Wong Howe, Director Fritz Lang
and actor H.H. Twardowski discussing the shooting script.

Hangmen Also Die is the only Fritz Lang film which Ned Scott photographed. From the large volume of prints he saved for his personal collection, one gets the impression that he regarded the film and his own contribution to it with great respect. Ned Scott rarely saved images which depicted the film director or the cinematographer, and this is one of those rarities. The female lead, Anna Lee, appears with regularity in his collection, and the variety of her character poses creates a certain appreciation for her acting ability. It was often said that as a photographer Ned Scott understood light and as a portraitist, he understood women. Those traits are well demonstrated in this collection from Hangmen Also Die.

Character Portraits Production Shots Movie Scenes

Character Portraits

H.H. Twardowski as Reinhold Heydrich, the Hangman
H.H. Twardowski as Reinhold Heydrich, the Hangman H.H. Twardowski as Reinhold Heydrich, the Hangman Hans Heinrich von Twardowski scowls as he portrays Reinhold Heidrich, alias the 'Hangman', in Fritz Lang's 'Hangmen Also Die', 1943 H.H. Twardowski as Reinhold Heydrich, the Hangman
Brian Donlevy and Anna Lee
Brian Donlevy and Anna Lee Brian Donlevy and Anna Lee Brian Donlevy and Anna Lee H.H. Twardowski as Reinhold Heydrich, the Hangman H.H. Twardowski as Reinhold Heydrich, the Hangman
Brain Donlevy and Anna Lee in their title roles as Dr. Svoboda and Mesha Novotny in Fritz Lang's "Hangmen Also Die", 1943 Brain Donlevy as Dr. Svoboda and Anna Lee as Masha Novotny sequester themselves against the threat of searching Nazi agents in Hangmen Also Die, 1943. A tense moment as two characters from Fritz Lang's 'Hangmen Also Die' listen for any news broadcast about the assassination of Reich Protector Reinhold Heidrich and the resulting actions taken by occupying Nazi forces.  Actors Anna Lee and Brian Donlevy play Masha Novotny and Dr. Svoboda, both key role players in the ensuing action as the plot of this suspenseful WWII drama unfolds. Brian Donlevy and Anna Lee, key actors in Arnold Pressburger's wartime drama, "Hangmen Also Die", 1943.  Donlevy plays the role of Dr. Franticek Svoboda, a medical doctor in good standing in Prague and Anna Lee plays the role of Masha Novotny, daughter of Professor Novotny.  It is revealed during the film that the Professor and the Doctor are key men of the Czeck resistance during the Nazi occupation of WWII.  Director Fritz Lang's film noir drama, "Hangmen Also Die", 1943.
Brian Donlevy
Brian Donlevy photo: A menacing assassin, Karel Vanek here played by Brian Donlevy, attempts to elude the clutches of Nazi gestapo agents and SS storm troopers after he kills the Reich Protector Reinhard Heidrich in Prague.  Fritz Lang's "Hangmen Also Die", 1943 Brian Donlevy
Walter Brennan and Anna Lee
Walter Brennan and Anna Lee Walter Brennan and Anna Lee Walter Brennan and Anna Lee
Gene Lockhart (with lapel flower) and Alexander Granach
Gene Lockhart (with lapel flower) and Alexander Granach Gene Lockhart (with lapel flower) and Alexander Granach Gene Lockhart (with lapel flower) and Alexander Granach Gene Lockhart (with lapel flower) and Alexander Granach Gene Lockhart (with lapel flower) and Alexander Granach Gene Lockhart
Emil the Brewer who is the hated Nazi collaborator, played by Gene Lockhart, meets his end in Fritz Lang's 'Hangmen Also Die', 1943 Emil the Brewer who is the hated Nazi collaborator, played by Gene Lockhart, meets his end in Fritz Lang's 'Hangmen Also Die', 1943 Gene Lockhart, as the Nazi collaborator Emil the brewer, feels the heat as pressure mounts to elimiante him as a threat to the Czech resistance in 'Hangmen Also Die', 1943

Portrait Studies

Anne Lee
Anne Lee Anne Lee Anne Lee Anne Lee Anne Lee Anne Lee Anna Lee Images
Anna Lee Images Anna Lee arches luxuriously in a portrait session during the period when she was starring in Fritz Lang's Hangmen Also Die, 1943 Anna Lee Images Anna Lee Images Anna Lee Images Anna Lee Images Anna Lee Images
Anna Lee Images Anne Lee Anne Lee Anne Lee A portrait of Anna Lee as Masha Novotny, the daoughter of the renowned Professor Novotny in Director Fritz Lang's film noir war drama, "Hangmen Also Die", 1943.

Movie Scenes

Hangmen Also Die movie scenes

Assassin Karel Vanek (Brian Donlevy) eludes angry Nazis who hunt for him relentlessly following the assassination of Reich-Protector Reinhard Heydrich. Nazi officers confront Walter Brennan who plays Professor Novotny, a noted historian and revolutionary figure who is taken into custody along with many other hostages in an effort to force the surrender of Karel Vanek (Brian Donlevy), the wanted assassin of Reich-Protector Reinhard Heydrich. This scene takes place in the Professor's own parlor with his family and servants standing as witnesses.  Director Fritz Lang's wartime film noir drama, "Hangmen Also Die", 1943. Anna Lee plays Masha Novotny in a moment of abject terror as the Nazis arrest her father, Professor Novotny (Walter Brennan) for questioning after the assassination of Reich Protector Reinhold Heidrich in Fritz Lang's tense wartime drama 'Hangmen Also Die', 1943 Nazi Gestapo troops scour the streets of Prague hunting for the assassin of Reich Protector Reinhard Heidrich.  Anna Lee as Masha Novotny and market proprietor Margaret Burt are transfixed with fear when Lane Bradford as the Gestapo officer directs troops in search efforts.  Fritz Lang's Hangmen Also Die, 1943  One of the very last scenes in the 1943 Pressburger film, Hangmen Also Die", shows Professor Novotny, an academic historian, standing in line with other Czech hostages awaiting his execution by occupying Gestapo agents in Prague.  Following the assasination of Reinhard Heydrich, male hostages were rounded up at random from the city.  They were placed in holding rooms, 40 men to a room.  At various intervals, three from each room were selected for execution.  This grim process went on until the assasin was caught by the Gastapo.  Director Fritz Lang's grim wartime drama, "Hangmen Also Die", 1943 Members of the Czech underground resistance meet to discuss strategy after the assasination of Reinhard Heidrich.  During the meeting, an inspiring poem is read  to the group.  This poem becomes the rallying cry for the resistance fighters, and it is widely known as the "No Surrender" motto.  Seated is historian Porfessor Novotny, played by Walter Brennan.  Director Fritz Lang's film noir wartime drama, "Hangmen Also Die", 1943. tag tag tag tag .Busted! Emil the Bewer, played by Gene Lockhart (hatless with buttonniere)  finds himself in a dangerous position while surrounded by members of the Gastapo in the basement of one of his buildings in Prague.  Suspected by the Gestapo of the criminal act of assasination, Emil maintains that he is innocent.  It turns out, however, that the pile of coal hides the body of Gestapo Inspector Gruber who was recently murdered by Czech resistance fighters. Emil does not know  that he is the victim of a well-planned plot by Czeck resistance to discredit him. Director Fritz Lang's film noir wartime thriller "Hangmen Also Die", 1943. tag tag