The Hangman

Joe Dante’s Trailers From Hell is down for Christmas week, so instead of trailer commentaries he’s running The Hangman, a rarely-seen 1964 short subject designed by Paul Julian and co-directed by Julian and Les Goldman, based on Maurice Ogden’s classic poem. If you are only familiar with Julian’s work through his years of background design for Warner cartoons or UPA’s version of “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1953), you know you are in for a treat. Haunting and moody – believe it or not, they used to show this to us in public school in the 1960s!

Thanks, Joe!


  • Steve W.

    For Paul Julian fans in So Cal, you must make a pilgrimage to the Fullerton, CA post office (near the Fullerton RR station) to see his magnificent mural. It’s in the interior, so you’ll have to go during regular post office hours. (see the Related Cartoon Brew Posts link, above.)

    BTW, Mr. Julian is credited with creating the “beep-beep” sound that was used for the character of the Road Runner. He coined it while carrying wet background artwork down the hallways of the Warner Bros. cartoon department. ~beep-beep!~

  • http://magicscience.blogspot.com Zoe

    They showed it to my class in public school, too, and that was in 1996…

  • joecab

    Dang, I grew up in the Bronx but I guess by the late 1960′s they weren’t showing it. (We did get the Red balloon way too many times and those great edufilms like Capra’s Hemo the Magnificent.) It’s great to expose kids especially to a written piece this powerful in another art form to broaden their little minds. I always liked experiencing stuff like this as a kid because it felt like someone thought I was mature enough to take something deep from it and not just freak out at the subject matter like some alarmist adult might.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    As a former AV geek in the 60s I can testify that it was certainly shown in my high school (Morton West, Berwyn, IL), along with Jiri Trnka’s “The Hand,” and “The Hole” by the Hubleys. Memories….

  • Gerard de Souza

    Can’t remember where I saw this first but the lesson has never left me.

  • http://www.christianziebarth.com Christian

    Late as always but I actually had Maurice Ogden as a teacher for two or three community college classes in the early 1990′s so I saw this at least once and was wondering recently if I’d ever be able to see it again.