The Man They Could Not Hang (play)

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The Man They Could Not Hang
Written by Claude E. Murrell
Date premiered 1911
Original language English
Genre Melodrama

The Man They Could Not Hang is a play based on the life of John Babbacombe Lee.

The newspaper Lloyd's Weekly had published Lee's story, contributing to the re-opening of the case and Lee's release. Lloyd's then suggested to Lee that he dramatise his story to make some money; Lee agreed and Claude Murrell was commissioned.[1][2]

The play was turned into an Australian film, The Life Story of John Lee, or The Man They Could Not Hang (1912).


  1. ^ "AMUSEMENTS". Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 - 1950). WA: National Library of Australia. 20 April 1913. p. 6. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  2. ^ *Autobiography published 1910 - April 23, April 30 Pt 1, April 30 Pt 2, 7 May Pt 1, 7 May Pt 2, 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, 4 June, 11 June, 18 June