In an early lead role, Robert Newton stars in a compelling murder melodrama charting a struggling novelist's desperate bid to start life anew - in a dead man's clothes...
Released in 1939, Dead Men Are Dangerous captures the richly talented British stage star at a point of transition, as West End acclaim gave way to burgeoning film success; Newton's pre-War achievements would be consolidated with iconic portrayals of Bill Sikes and Long John Silver in the 1940s and '50s. This rare, London-set thriller is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer from the original film elements.
Aylmer Franklyn, an unsuccessful writer saddled with debts, seizes the chance to change his identity after discovering a corpse under a fallen branch. Faking his own death, he swaps his clothes for those of the dead man, and even attends his own inquest. But the events that result make him only too happy to resume his own identity...
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