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The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery | 8 February 1947 (USA)
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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Julie Holden
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Francis Ingram
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Ovidio Castanio
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Raymond Arlington
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Donald Arlington
David Hoffman ...
Duprex
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Miller
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Clara (as Patricia White)
William Edmunds ...
Antonio
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Giovanna
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Mr. Miller
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Horatio
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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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A Sensation of Screaming Suspense! See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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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 »

Goofs

The Commissario says he has found fingerprints less than a day old. Normally there is no way to date fingerprints. See more »

Quotes

Francis Ingram: Hilary, do you know why you are here?
Hilary Cummins: No, I don't . Some anniversary perhaps?
Francis Ingram: No, no such thing. I merely want your testimony... that I am not insane. It's very important to me to be certain that not one of you thinks I am of unsound mind. Bruce, you are an artist, a musician, You've been with me a long time. You've been with me constantly; therefore you are in a position to speak. Are you convinced that there is nothing wrong with... with my mental balance?
Conrad Ryler: Your mental balance is equal to mine...
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Connections

Referenced in Addams Family Values (1993) See more »

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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Great score!
5 June 2000 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film because you are never really sure if the beast is real or not. However, the highlight of the film for me is the fact that it has a great musical score composed by Max Steiner, and orchestrated by Hugo Friedhofer.


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