|The Man Who Could Cheat Death|
|Directed by||Terence Fisher|
Anthony Nelson Keys
Barré Lyndon (play)|
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
|Music by||Richard Rodney Bennett|
|Editing by||John Dunsford|
|Studio||Hammer Film Productions|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||30 November 1959|
The Man Who Could Cheat Death is a 1959 British Hammer Film directed by Terence Fisher and starring Anton Diffring and Christopher Lee. It was based on the play The Man in Half Moon Street by Barré Lyndon which had been previously filmed in 1945. The film has not yet been released on DVD in the United Kingdom.
In Paris during 1890, 104-year-old Georges Bonnet (Diffring) is a sculptor who maintains a youthful appearance by regularly murdering women and using their parathyroid glands as an elixir to ward off the signs of age. When Bonnet’s requires a vital surgery to be undertaken he asks his old colleague Prof. Ludwig Weiss (Arnold Marlé) to perform it. He declines and Bonnet then blackmails Pierre Gerard (Christopher Lee) into performing the operation by endangering the life of Janine Dubois (Hazel Court), a young lady both Bonnet and Gerard are romantically interested in.
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