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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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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 ...
Police Commissario Ovidio Castanio
Charles Dingle ...
Mr. Arlington - Ingram's elder heir
John Alvin ...
Donald Arlington - younger heir
David Hoffman ...
Duprex - Ingram's atty.
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Miller - Gullible tourist
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Clara the Maid (as Patricia White)
William Edmunds ...
Antonio - Ingram's servant
Belle Mitchell ...
Giovanna the Cook
Ray Walker ...
Edward Miller - gullible tourist
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Horatio - sidewalk cafe waiter
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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

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8 February 1947 (USA)  »

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The Beast with Five Fingers  »

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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 Nyíregyházi performed the music played by the severed hand. See more »

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Referenced in One Dark Night (1982) 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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Old Fashioned SCARY Movie...
12 November 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is one of the scariest movies I ever saw. It really plays with your mind. I admit that I first saw this movie as a kid int the back seat of my parent's car at the drive-in, and FOR YEARS, I was very afraid of the hand coming out from under sofas, beds and anywhere dark.

It connects with something deep in the subconscious as the hand is the part of the body that does all things and in this movie it is a power all unto itself.

The black and white film makes this movie a perfect expression of the subconscious, fearful and malevolent. Definitely one that I hope would eventually make it to DVD, and one to own if you're into the classics of this genre.


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