You use "hung" when you should use "hanged".

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(You guys sure lead me a merry chase until I got here.)
Your problem(s): For the movie Frauds and Frenzies (1918),
* In Storyline it says of a person "to be hung". WRONG. Flags are hung, laundry is hung, decorations are hung, but people "are hanged".
* The same mistake is in the movie itself, where a piece of paper says of a person "to be hung". There too it should say "to be hanged", which should qualify it for the Goofs section.

Now I know there is an easy 6-step (or is it 66 steps?) procedure to make both corrections, but I'd rather let you do it - take it or leave it. Have a nice day.
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Candid question: if the movie was made in 1918, was not there a unique past participle form then, i.e. "hung"?
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In a word, NO.
It's "hung" for laundry and "hanged" for people, and has been that way for hundreds of years.
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Where is it used? Could it be that it's in a user provided comment rather than anything that the IMDb have put on there?

    Steve
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I just looked again at the IMDb for Frauds and Frenzies, and in the past 48 hours what I wrote about ("to be hung") has been deleted. That is, ALL the comments in the Storyline section have been deleted.
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Barry: I recommend taking no action to change anything. (I can't even find a Storyline section on the IMDb page for Frauds and Frenzies.)

From Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary of English Usage (2002):

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hang, hanged, hung One of the more widely known and frequently repeated observations on usage is that hanged is preferred as the past and past participle of hang when the verb has the sense "to hang by the neck until dead" and that hung is the correct choice for all other senses. ... The two forms were more or less interchangeable for many centuries, but the weak form [hanged] was eventually superseded by the strong form [hung] except in the "execute by hanging" sense, in which hanged probably persisted because it was the form favored by judges in pronouncing sentence. Even in the "execute" sense, however, the strong form made inroads:

... for those rogues that burned this house to be hung in some conspicuous place in town -- Samuel Pepys, diary, 4 July 1667 ...

... should not escape unpunished. I hope he hung himself -- Jane Austen, letter, 6 Dec. 1815

... These men were ... at last brought to the scaffold and hung -- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Address, 1817 ...

I have not the least objection to a rogue being hung -- W. M. Thackeray, The Newcomes, 1853

Our evidence shows that hung for hanged is certainly not an error. Educated speakers and writers use it commonly and have for many years: ...

... soldiers convicted of appalling crimes are being hung and shot -- Times Literary Supp., 29 Nov. 1941

... insists that IRA terrorists can be hung by the law now -- Noyes Thomas, News of the World (London), 24 Nov. 1974 ...

... the 334 men and women who have hacked, stabbed, shot, hung, poisoned, or flung themselves to death -- Ron Rosenbaum, Explaining Hitler, 1998

The distinction between hanged and hung is not an especially useful one (although a few commentators claim otherwise). ... If you make a point of observing the distinction in your writing, you will not thereby become a better writer, but you will spare yourself the annoyance of being corrected for having done something that is not wrong.

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So we agree with your first paragraph.

For the rest of your comment, TL;DR.
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TL;DR version: 

Some people think you have to use "hanged" to mean "killed by hanging". They're wrong; "hung" is acceptable, too.
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Judges - and those carrying out the judges' sentence - (almost) always use "hanged", and THAT is what I commented on; wardens would also use "hanged".