The Man Who Returned to Life (1942)

Genres - Drama, Mystery  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Not a science-fiction story despite its title, The Man Who Returned to Life is a story of how deception can lead to tragedy. John Howard stars as a man who, in order to escape an untenable situation, fakes his own death. He escapes to a small town, assumes a new identity and settles down to a happy marriage and comfortable job. One morning he picks up the paper and discovers that an old acquaintance from his past existence has been arrested for his "murder"--and is sentenced to hang. The solution to the dilemma is arrived at following the lengthy flashback that forms the bulk of Man Who Returned to Life.

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deception, execution, hanging, identity-switch, past