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
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After Charles Locher changed his name and found fame as Jon Hall, this serial was re-issued with a hastily prepared art card reading "Starring JON HALL" crudely spliced into the opening credits. 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 »
[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.
Aw, cut out the lecture, Warden.
Bitterness won't get you anywhere, Mitchell. Now that you squared your debt...
My debt ain't squared... not by a long shot. I got a lot of collectin' to do.
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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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