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The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand (1936)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 18 April 1936 (USA)
A scientist discovers a formula for making synthetic gold.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex Lease ...
Ruth Mix ...
Shirley McMillan
Gordon Gaunt
Marion Shilling ...
Robert Frazer ...
Gaston Glass ...
Louis Bouchard
Mahlon Hamilton ...
Montgomery [Chs.1,2,5,6]
Robert Walker ...
Joe Mitchell
Number Eight / Sailor Brawler
Joseph W. Girard ...
Lawyer Cromwell [Chs.1-3,6,7,15]
Frank Leigh ...
Maj. Courtney Wickham
Jon Hall ...
Frank Hobart (as Charles Locher)


This Weiss Serials Production film, ("Presented" by George M. Merrick who also co-wrote the screenplay and was the production manager), with the working title of "The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand" but the actual release title on the film and all the printed material related to it was "The Clutching Hand", was loosely based on a novel by "Craig Kennedy" creator Arthur B. Reeve, and was also released as a feature in addition to the 15 chapter serial, both of which were originally distributed by Stage and Screen Productions, Inc. In Chapter 1, ("Who is the Clutching Hand?"), Doctor Paul Gironda announces he has discovered a formula for the manufacture of synthetic gold. The International Research Foundation agrees to financially help him develop his formula. Just before the Board of Directors arrive at Gironda's laboratory to witness his achievement, he is heard screaming, and mysteriously disappears before help arrives. Newspaper reporter Walter Jameson, who is engaged to ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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a Craig Kennedy Thriller In Fifteen Chapters


Action | Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

18 April 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Clutching Hand  »

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(15 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Craig Kennedy drive a brand new 1936 Dodge Sedan. See more »


During the barroom fight in chapter one, it is quite obvious that some of the cheers and shouts from the onlookers (particularly the man shouting "Oh boy!") have been sped-up. See more »


[first lines]
Warden [Ch.1]: [gives Mitchell a handful of cash] Here you are, Mitchell. You're going out into the world a free man. I hope you become a useful and law-abiding member of society.
Joe Mitchell: Aw, cut out the lecture, Warden.
Warden [Ch.1]: Bitterness won't get you anywhere, Mitchell. Now that you squared your debt...
Joe Mitchell: My debt ain't squared... not by a long shot. I got a lot of collectin' to do.
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so bad, it's worth seeing
14 August 2002 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most confusing serials ever made, but everyone in it takes it so seriously that it becomes fun and I gave it a 5. Jack Mulhall was a horrible actor who appeared in gobs of serials and for some reason has been given a starring role here. He never met a line he couldn't overemote. You expect him to yell out, "Hark!" at any moment. Rex Lease and Marion Shilling are charming as the young couple, however. And where else can you see legendary Mae Busch (thank you, Joe Franklin) and Yakima Canutt in the same video? There are plenty of other serial veterans in this mish-mosh of a story. If you can find any continuity and logic in it, you're a better man than I. However, if you're into old serials, as I am, you can have fun with this.

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