The Man Who Finally Died

The Man Who Finally Died is a 1963 British CinemaScope thriller film directed by Quentin Lawrence and starring Stanley Baker, Peter Cushing, Mai Zetterling and Eric Portman.[1] It was based on a 1959 ITV series of the same name. The screenplay concerns a German immigrant living in Britain who receives a mysterious phone call telling him his father is not really dead. He returns to Bavaria to investigate the matter. John Burke wrote a novelisation of the screenplay.

The Man Who Finally Died
US release film poster
Directed byQuentin Lawrence
Produced byNorman Williams
Written byLewis Griefer
Louis Marks
StarringStanley Baker
Peter Cushing
Music byPhillip Green
CinematographyStephen Dade
Edited byJohn Jympson
White Cross Management
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
December 1963 (UK)
1967 (US)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summaryEdit

Joe Newman, formerly Joachim Deutsch, returns to his small home town in Bavaria, after living in the UK since the outbreak of World War II. He seeks information of what has become of his father, Kurtz. He finds out that his father is dead, but that he escaped from behind the Iron Curtain, went to live with a certain Dr von Brecht, and later married a woman named Lisa. Everyone Joe approaches to find answers, including Police Inspector Hofmeister and insurance agent Brenner, is reluctant to talk and give more details concerning the circumstances surrounding his father. Joe begins to suspect that this is a cover-up and that they all want to keep certain facts regarding his father a secret. He breaks into von Brecht's home and finds an elderly man in the attic but is knocked unconscious before being able to establish his identity. When he regains consciousness, Joe sees the old man being driven away. It is now revealed by von Brecht and Lisa that his father didn’t manage to escape two years ago but swapped places with another escapee when mortally wounded. Meanwhile Brenner, really a Russian agent, has kidnapped the old man and is taking him back to Russia by train. Joe then tracks them to a railway station and boards the train. Following a battle with Brenner, who is pushed from the moving train, Joe rescues the scientist from being abducted to the East and helps him escape from the country.[2]



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