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The Beast with Five Fingers -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Curt Siodmak (screen play)
William Fryer Harvey (from a story by)
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Release Date:
8 February 1947 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Sensation of Screaming Suspense! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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More suspense than horror but a must-see for true fans of the genre. See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Robert Alda ... Conrad Ryler

Andrea King ... Julie Holden

Peter Lorre ... Hilary Cummins
Victor Francen ... Francis Ingram

J. Carrol Naish ... Ovidio Castanio
Charles Dingle ... Raymond Arlington

John Alvin ... Donald Arlington
David Hoffman ... Duprex
Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Miller

Patricia Barry ... Clara (as Patricia White)
William Edmunds ... Antonio
Belle Mitchell ... Giovanna

Ray Walker ... Mr. Miller
Pedro de Cordoba ... Horatio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Symona Boniface ... Mourner (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Carabinieri (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Carabinieri (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Joseph Marievsky ... Carabinieri (uncredited)
Edna Morris ... Mourner (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ... Giuseppi (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Mourner (uncredited)
Catherine Wallace ... Mourner (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Tourist (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Florey 
 
Writing credits
Curt Siodmak (screen play)

William Fryer Harvey (from a story by)

Harold Goldman  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
William Jacobs .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Wesley Anderson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Magee 
 
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
Bertram Tuttle (supervising art director) (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Walter F. Tilford  (as Walter Tilford)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Della Barnes .... hair stylist (uncredited)
George Bau .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Chuck Hansen .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (as Art Lueker)
John Prettyman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Lucien Hafley .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
Gerald W. Alexander .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Charles David Forrest .... sound (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H. Koenekamp)
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
 
Visual Effects by
Russell Collings .... special optical effects (uncredited)
Paul Detlefsen .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Mario Larrinaga .... matte paintings (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lester H. Blackburn .... gaffer (uncredited)
David Dans .... assistant camera (uncredited)
E.F. Dexter .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Evans .... second camera (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
Joe O'Connell .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travilla .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Mina Willowbird .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements by
 
Other crew
Jack Daniels .... dialogue director
Dario Sabatello .... technical advisor
Meta Rebner .... script clerk (uncredited)
Jonah Ruddy .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:(Banned) (1947) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | UK:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #11334, General Audience)

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Trivia:
Though called "Bruce Conrad" in the script, Robert Alda is billed as "Conrad Ryler"; Charles Dingle is billed as "Raymond Arlington"; Ray Walker is billed as "Mr. Miller".See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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, and while I consider that a tribute to your sanity, there are certain people in San Stefano who consider me... slightly eccentric. Perhaps they're right.
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Soundtrack:
Chaconne in D minor BMW 1004See more »

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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
More suspense than horror but a must-see for true fans of the genre., 26 August 2000
Author: Wilbur-10 from Isle of Man

Classic early horror with Lorre in superb eye-popping form. Film is set in an Italian mansion where a wealthy pianist is close to death. When he passes away it turns out he has left everything in his will to his nurse, who incurs the wrath of the grasping relatives who have arrived. The bickering takes a sinister turn when the solicitor is strangled, seemingly by the severed hand of the dead pianist.

Lorre plays the deranged librarian whose sightings of the hand send him increasingly over the edge into madness. Despite the true horror potential of the storyline, the film tends to play more like a murder mystery. Much of the atmosphere is wasted by the air of light-heartedness, particularly the contrived slap-happy ending.

Misgivings aside, 'The Beast with Five Fingers' is still one of the genre making horrors, and while not in the same league as the heavyweight films of the 1930's like 'Frankenstein', 'The Invisible Man' or 'Mad Love', still rates serious attention.

Other severed hands featured in ' Dr Terror's House of Horrors, 'Evil Dead II', and Oliver Stone's 'The Hand'.

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