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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
Charles Dingle ...
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
Belle Mitchell ...
Giovanna
Ray Walker ...
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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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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When Julie is opening the door for Conrad when he first visit Mr Ingram, you can see the shadow of the camera following her to the door and back to Mr Ingram. 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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Referenced in The Exterminating Angel (1962) 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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Most unique and unusual music in the movie.
20 June 2001 | by (United States of America) – See all my reviews

This movie should be much appreciated by anyone who plays, knows, or likes classic piano music. The piano music played with one hand only is amazing, exciting and bewildering. It is obviously a soundtrack but I feel the actor, and later on, the hand, do a wonderful job making the viewer believe that they are playing this fast tempo and highly complicated piece of piano music, possibly a concerto. I this movie to be overall a really great horror film.

John Brousch


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