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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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Curt Siodmak (screen play by)
William Fryer Harvey (from a story by)
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Release Date:
8 February 1947 (USA) See more »
A Sensation of Screaming Suspense! See more »
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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  (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 by)

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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:(Banned) (1947) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | UK:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #11334, General Audience)

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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 Nyiregyhazi performed the music played by the severed hand.See more »
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 »
Conrad Ryler:I know, Julie, you're afraid. He's holding you with his pain and helplessness. He draws his energy from your life. He'll never let you go.
Julie Holden:But I must go.
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Chaconne in D minor BMW 1004See more »


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23 out of 31 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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