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The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

 -  Horror  -  8 February 1947 (USA)
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In a turn-of-the-century Renaissane Itakian mansion, its tyrannical owner, a one-handed, wheelchair-bound pianist with a strong belief in the occult is murdered.

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Locals in an Italian village believe evil has taken over the estate of a recently deceased pianist where several murders have taken place. The alleged killer: the pianist's severed hand. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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8 February 1947 (USA)  »

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La bête aux cinq doigts  »

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This was Peter Lorre's last film for Warner Bros. See more »

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Francis Ingram: hilary, Do you know why you are here?
Hilary Cummins: No, I don't . Sme anniversay perhaps/
Francis Ingram: No, no such thing. I merely want your testimony that I am not insane. It's important to mr to be certsin that none of you thinks that I am of unsound. Bruuce, you are an artists, You've been with me a long . You've been with me constantly; therefore you are in a position to speak. Are you convinced that there is nothing wrong with my mental balance.
Conrad Ryler: Your mental balance is equal to mine, but I consider that a tribute to ...
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Chaconne in D minor BMW 1004
Composed bt Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged for the left hand by Johannes Brahms
Pianist Ervin Nyiregyhazi
("Played on the screen by Victor Francen)
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Allusion or reality?
29 October 2004 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

In a gloomy 1900s mansion in Italy a famed pianist(Victor Francen)lives with his devoted nurse(Andrea King) and his faithful secretary(Peter Lorre). The wheelchair bound pianist is only able to use one hand to play. An antique dealer(Robert Alda)adapts a piece of music to be played with one hand to dull the musician's bitterness. Francen dies after a rolling tumble down a staircase leaving his fortune to his nurse. A couple of upset relatives arrive protesting the will; but this moves to the back burner when murder and attempted murder is committed by the dead pianist's severed hand. Plus the hand likes to play the piano which adds to the terror. Lorre nails the hand in a box; and even throws it in a fire after confrontations with the disembodied member. Local Commissario Castanio(J. Carrol Naish)investigates this creepy mystery. Lorre is outstanding in a passive demented way. His wrestling with the severed hand is hilarious. Max Steiner is responsible for the haunting score. Great black and white from Warner Brothers.


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