Before I Hang

Before I Hang

Director: Nick Grinde Cast: Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes, Bruce Bennett


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Before I Hang

Condemned to death for a mercy killing, Dr. John Garth (Karloff) continues to experiment in prison to develop a serum that will put at end to the aging process -- vowing to complete it Before I Hang. On the eve of his execution, he offers himself as guinea pig for his youth serum, which has recently been mixed with the blood of an executed psychopath. Miraculously, Garth does grow younger before the astonished eyes of kindly prison physician Ralph Howard (Edward Van Sloan). Alas, the serum has murderous side effects, which Howard discovers only as Garth strangles him to death. Pardoned from Death Row thanks to a script contrivance, Garth spends the rest of the film trying to carry on his humanitarian work despite embarrassing lapses into homicidal mania. Many observers regard Before I Hang as the best of Karloff's "Mad Doctor" series for Columbia.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2011
UPC: 0043396388918
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Time: 1:02:00
Sales rank: 68,597

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff Dr. John Garth
Evelyn Keyes Martha Garth
Bruce Bennett Dr. Paul Ames
Edward Van Sloan Dr. Ralph Howard
Ben Taggart Warden Thompson
Pedro de Cordoba Victor Sondini
Wright Kramer George Wharton
Bertram Marburgh Stephen Barclay
Don Beddoe Captain McGraw
Kenneth MacDonald Anson
Frank Richards Otto Kron
Barton Yarborough Stephen Barclay
Robert Fiske District Attorney
Charles Trowbridge Actor

Technical Credits
Nick Grinde Director
Robert D. Andrews Original Story
Lionel Banks Art Director
Karl Brown Original Story,Screenwriter
Ben Kline Cinematographer
Wallace MacDonald Producer
Charles Nelson Editor
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Before I Hang
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [9:59]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [9:59]
7. Chapter 7 [2:02]

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