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Naomi Tirosh requests:


> Looking for  American films dealing with capital punishment from 1900-2000.

Depending on how loosely you mean "dealing with," here are some:

Edison's ELECTROCUTING AN ELEPHANT
Griffith's WAY DOWN EAST
TWO SECONDS, with Edward G. Robinson
Lloyd Bacon's PICTURE SNATCHER (1933), with Cagney
MANHATTAN MELODRAMA--the last film John Delllinger saw
ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES
Fritz Lang's FURY
THE OX-BOW INCIDENT
George Stevens' A PLACE IN THE SUN, from Dreiser's AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY
COMPULSION, the courtroom drama based on the Leopold and Loeb case
IN COLD BLOOD
THE TRAVELLING EXECUTIONER, with Stacy Keach
DANIEL, from Doctorow's novel based on the Rosenbergs
Erroll Morris's THE THIN BLUE LINE and MR. DEATH
and, of course, DEAD MAN WALKING and THE GREEN MILE

A couple of TV movies:
THE EXECUTION OF PRIVATE SLOVIK, about the only GI executed for
desertion in World War II
THE LINDBERG KIDNAPPING CASE
THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG, from Norman Mailer's book

One final mention: There's a brief scene in Troell's THE NEW LAND
portraying Mankato's dubious claim to fame as the site of the largest
(legal) mass execution in American history, when 36 Dakota Sioux
warriors were hanged in 1864 following the Dakota Uprising.
(Originally more than 100 were sentenced, but Lincoln commuted those.)

Don Larsson

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Donald F. Larsson
English Department, AH 230
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN  56001

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