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Release Date:
8 February 1947 (USA) See more »
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A Sensation of Screaming Suspense! See more »
Plot:
Locals in an Italian village believe evil has taken over the estate of a recently deceased pianist where several murders have taken place... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Vintege horror at its very best See more (44 total) »

Cast

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

Andrea King ... Julie Holden

Peter Lorre ... Hilary Cummins
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

Patricia Barry ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Symona Boniface ... Mourner (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Carabinieri (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Carabinieri (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ... Driver of tourist bus (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)
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Directed by
Robert Florey 
 
Writing credits
William Fryer Harvey (story)

Curt Siodmak 

Harold Goldman  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
William Jacobs .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Wesley Anderson 
 
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 (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 .... wardrober
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Mina Willowbird .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator
 
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:
This was Peter Lorre's last film for Warner Bros.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Exterminating Angel (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Chaconne in D minor BMW 1004See more »

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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Vintege horror at its very best, 14 November 2005
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

The Beast with Five Fngers has to be one of the best classic horrors ever made, along with The Haunting (1963).

A pianist is killed, possibly murdered after he falls down the stairs in his creepy mansion. After his death, strange things start happening including the piano playing on its own accord and the strange behaviour of the secretary. Then murders start to take place and these turn out to be the work of the pianist's severed hand, which haunts the mansion.

With creepy music by Max Steinor, a howling wind and windows slamming open and shut, all these things make this movie very scary.

The excellent cast includes a creepy performance by Peter Lorre (Mad Love, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), Robert Alda, Andrea King and J Carrol Naish (The Monster Maker).

This is a must for all horror fans. Excellent and scary.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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