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The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

 -  Horror  -  8 February 1947 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Alda ...
Conrad Ryler / Bruce Conrad
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

La bête aux cinq doigts  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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The piece of piano music played by Francis Ingram (Victor Francen) and later, his disembodied left hand, is the "Bach Chaconne in D Minor", as arranged to be played by the left hand alone by Johannes Brahms. It was selected by Max Steiner because the story required a piece of music that could be performed by a pianist with only his left hand, and Steiner, who was born in Vienna and whose family were friendly with Brahms, rather than composing his own original piece, immediately recognized its potential in underscoring such a grim tale. Legendary Hungarian-American pianist Ervin Nyiregyhazi performed the music played by the severed hand. See more »

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Referenced in The Exterminating Angel (1962) See more »

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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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Limp-wristed
15 September 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The hand itself is great, and the scenes of it running wild and free in the house are some of the best moments in classic horror. This does not however alter the fact that every second of this film in which the hand is offscreen is a painful, tiresome, dreary waste of time. If Robert Florey and Peter Lorre had been allowed to bag Curt Siodmak's dreadful script and use their own, as they unsuccessfully begged Warner Bros. to let them do, what might have been! As it is, one wishes Robert Alda, Andrea King, and the rest of the maddening crew would just follow Victor Francen's lead and die already, so we could just enjoy Peter Lorre cavorting with his wonderful pet hand.


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