The Life Story of John Lee, or The Man They Could Not Hang

The Life Story of John Lee, or the Man They Could Not Hang is a 1912 Australian silent film based on a stage play about the true life story of John Babbacombe Lee.


John Lee returns home to Babbacombe after a number of years service in the navy. He becomes engaged to his childhood sweetheart Kate Merton but his rival, Fred Masterville, tries to frame him by depositing twenty pounds in his bed. However he is stopped when Lee's friend Dicky Dood sees this and takes the money for his own use.


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    director Robert Scott
    genre drama
    keywords arrest babbacombe childhood sweetheart engage life sentence
    producer Philip Lytton
    publisher Arthur W. Sterry
    theme silent