The Executioner in Inspector Morse: The Wench is Dead (film still from Inspector Morse: The Wench is Dead)

Inspector Morse: The Wench is Dead (1998)

Following on from the appearance of ‘The Bell Ringers‘, here’s another of Charles Ahrens’s coin-operated machines.

This one is a little more ghoulish; it takes the form of the front wall of a prison, through the door of which we get to watch a condemned prisoner being hanged.

Just as ‘The Bell Ringers’ fitted perfectly with the catholic sensibilities of Graham Greene’s story in Brighton Rock, ‘The Executioner’ suits the themes of The Wench is Dead, one of the later episodes of Inspector Morse, which sees the Oxford detective re-examining a 19th century murder which resulted in the hanging of two men—wrongly, according to Morse.

film still from The Wench is Dead (Inspector Morse)

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