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The Beast with Five Fingers
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Release Date:
8 February 1947 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
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Most unique and unusual music in the movie. 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 ... 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)
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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:
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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:
According to Curt Siodmak in "Screenwriter: Words Become Pictures", he originally wrote the story for Warner Brothers leading man 'Paul Henried (I)' (qav). The actor decline,d saying, "I'm not wild to play against a dead hand." The writer believed that it would have been more effective with a good-looking man like Henried instead of 'Peter Lorre', whom the audience would automatically think was crazy.See more »
Soundtrack:
Chaconne in D minor BMW 1004See more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Most unique and unusual music in the movie., 20 June 2001
Author: John Brousch (jbrouschsships) from United States of America

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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