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 1921 Australian silent film based on the true life story of John Babbacombe Lee. It is a remake of a 1912 film with some extra scenes of Lee's childhood.


John Lee grows up in England and is falsely accused of the murder of Emma Keye at Babbacombe. Characters include his parents; Miss Key's employer, Ned Saw; Eliza Harris and Jane, servants of Miss Keye; Kate Farmer, Lee's sweetheart.


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    director Arthur W. Sterry
    genre drama
    keywords falsely accused
    producer Arthur W. Sterry Frederick Haldane
    productionCompany Sterry and Haldane
    theme silent