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The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

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

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Complete credited cast:
Robert Alda ...
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Julie Holden
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Victor Francen ...
Francis Ingram
J. Carrol Naish ...
Ovidio Castanio
Charles Dingle ...
Raymond Arlington
John Alvin ...
Donald Arlington
David Hoffman ...
Duprex
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Miller
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Clara (as Patricia White)
William Edmunds ...
Antonio
Belle Mitchell ...
Giovanna
Ray Walker ...
Mr. Miller
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Horatio
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Storyline

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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pianist | occult | hand | piano | musician | See All (42) »

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Your flesh will creep... AT THE HAND THAT CRAWLS!! See more »

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Horror

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Approved | See all certifications »
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8 February 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La bête aux cinq doigts  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Curt Siodmak in "Screenwriter: Words Become Pictures", he originally wrote the story for Warner Brothers leading man 'Paul Henried (I)' (qav). The actor decline,d saying, "I'm not wild to play against a dead hand." The writer believed that it would have been more effective with a good-looking man like Henried instead of 'Peter Lorre', whom the audience would automatically think was crazy. See more »

Quotes

Francis Ingram: hilary, Do you know why you are here?
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Soundtracks

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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PETER LORRE, VICTOR FRANCEN & J. CARROL NAISH WERE GREAT!
14 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is very easy to critize the plot or story line of this picture, however, Peter Lorre made this film into an all time great classic along with the great supporting skills of Victor Francen and J. Carrol Naish. Lorre made his own human hand into a monster with his great acting talents, telling us all that mental illness can cause many things to happen within our very souls. The piano music pounded in my ears throughout this picture and the black and white effect made it a great thriller. Police inspector J Carrol Naish gave a great final touch to the ending of this picture, he gave us all a BIG LAUGH!


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