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Babbacombe Lee Film wrapped/editing

GUEST,Dulcimerjohn 20 Jul 09 - 07:56 PM
Joan from Wigan 21 Jul 09 - 10:25 AM
GUEST,dulcimerjohn 21 Jul 09 - 10:42 PM
nickp 22 Jul 09 - 03:50 AM
Joan from Wigan 22 Jul 09 - 05:10 PM
Tattie Bogle 22 Jul 09 - 08:15 PM
GUEST,dulcimerjohn 26 Jul 09 - 11:08 AM
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Subject: Babbacombe Lee Film wrapped/editing
From: GUEST,Dulcimerjohn
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 07:56 PM

'The Man They Couldn't Hang' will be finished soon by independent filmmakers Ashby Films. The Merkles do a couple of the Fairport songs and Larry Keel adds to the score as well as English folkie Issy Emeny. Wondring how forgiving folks in the UK will be with American actors-given the Devon accent is closest to 'American' I've heard. Most of our attempted English accents are passable here but detectable there I'm sure. We have some great sets in Rappahannock Co. Va..also wondering about how it'll be viewed not being the west country of England. I think the acting will shine through (many of the sets are inside as well) as will the notorious and amazing story. Any festivals that might particularly be appropriate for showing it in the UK? etc Other advice? Thanks, John


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Subject: RE: Babbacombe Lee Film wrapped/editing
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 10:25 AM

I remember years ago a TV documentary here in the UK on the life of John "Babbacombe" Lee, made in and around Babbacombe, where the filming of it was reputedly plagued by all sorts of paranormal activity (can't remember specific incidents, too long ago). Did anything like that happen with this American film? Or maybe it was filmed far enough away from the original setting to escape that.

Joan


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Subject: RE: Babbacombe Lee Film wrapped/editing
From: GUEST,dulcimerjohn
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 10:42 PM

I just saw the documentary with interviews by Swarb et al. Actually ..it's seemed to go the other way..hope I haven't jinxed us (not done yet). Maybe it's the near 100 year anniversary of Lee's release that has secured his blessing from the grave..heh. I had heard there was another attempted film in the 80s that went afoul because so many things went wrong. They tabled the film. For our first film (a daunting endeavor) things have amazingly fallen into place sometimes..seemed weird. Still does. The film will 'escape' to festivals this fall and then hopefully to big screens..perhaps one in Devon or Torquay..john


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Subject: RE: Babbacombe Lee Film wrapped/editing
From: nickp
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 03:50 AM

I'll look forward to seeing it.


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Subject: RE: Babbacombe Lee Film wrapped/editing
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 05:10 PM

I'll look forward to seeing it too.

Joan


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Subject: RE: Babbacombe Lee Film wrapped/editing
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 08:15 PM

It was a subject that also interested the late Matt McGinn, who wrote a song about John Lee too. (So is performed with a scottish accent!)
THE MAN THEY COULD NOT HANG (JOHN LEE)                Matt McGinn

Chorus
        There was an old hangman in Exeter,
        And a fine old hangman was he,
        He had hanged a thousand or more,
        But he couldn't hang John Lee, John Lee, he couldn't hang John Lee.

1.        Emma Keyse of Babbacombe was rich as rich can be,
        She had servants in her home, and one was Johnny Lee, John Lee, and one was Johnny Lee.

2.        Johnny Lee was a bad, bad man, so the story said,
        So they threw him in the local can,
        When they found old Emma dead, so dead, when they found old Emma dead.

3.        The judge he listened to the cons, and then he heard the pros,
        And it was clear that Johnny Lee had fewer friends than most, than most, had fewer friends than most.

Chorus

4.        The judge picked up his old black cap, he looked John in the eye,
        Said, "It falls on me to sentence thee to be hanged until you die, you die, to be hanged until you die".

5.        James Berry was the hangman's name, and it filled his heart with glee,
        When they placed into his gentle hands the prisoner Johnny Lee, John Lee, the prisoner Johnny Lee.

6.        He led him to the scaffold high, and then to John says he,
        "One last request I'll grant to you".
        "Close your trap" says Johnny Lee, John Lee, "Close your trap" says Johnny Lee.

Chorus

7.        James Berry pulled the lever down to send John Lee below,
        Then he began to curse and frown, when John Lee would not go, not go, when John Lee would not go.

8.        Again and then again he tried, again and again he failed,
        Then word came down from London town, John Lee for a life in jail, in jail, John Lee for a life in jail.

Chorus

9.        'Twas back in 1885 they tried to hang John Lee,
        In 1917 he sailed for far Amerikay, did he, for far Amerikay.

10.        There he went and died in bed, in 1933,
        Here lies the man they could not hang,
        And his name was Johnny Lee, John Lee, and his name was Johnny Lee.

Chorus


You can also hear it sung on the Matt McGinn website.


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Subject: RE: Babbacombe Lee Film wrapped/editing
From: GUEST,dulcimerjohn
Date: 26 Jul 09 - 11:08 AM

The case was so big then that ALL the papers carried the story and for the illiterate songs were sung in the street. Be fun to collect em. Will post when we are truly done and where to view etc. Drop Away! john


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