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Release Date:
October 1960 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
During World War II, a group of British soldiers are captured by the Japanese, tortured and their hands are cut off. Years later, a mad killer terrorizes London by cutting off the hands of his victims. | Add synopsis »
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THE HAND (Henry Cass, 1960) ** See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Derek Bond ... Roberts / Roger Crawshaw
Reed De Rouen ... Michael Brodie (as Reed de Rouen in closing credits)
Bryan Coleman ... Adams
Walter Randall ... Japanese Commander
Tony Hilton ... Foster
Harold Scott ... Charlie Taplow
Ray Cooney ... Pollitt
Gwenda Ewen ... Nurse Johns
Michael Moore ... Dr. Metcalfe
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Munyard
Ronald Wilson ... Doctor
Garard Green ... Simon Crawshaw
Jean Dallas ... Nurse Geiber
David Blake Kelly ... Marshall
Reginald Hearne ... Noel Brodie
Madeleine Burgess ... Mrs. Brodie
Frances Bennett ... Mother
Susan Reid ... Little Girl
Pat Hicks ... Mrs. Adams
John Norman ... Peter Adams

Directed by
Henry Cass 
 
Writing credits
Ray Cooney (screenplay) and
Tony Hilton (screenplay)

Ray Cooney (original story) and
Tony Hilton (original story)

Produced by
Bill Luckwell .... producer
Derek Winn .... associate producer (as D. E. A. Winn)
 
Original Music by
Wilfred Burns 
 
Cinematography by
Walter J. Harvey (photography) (as James Harvey)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Jordan Hill  (as Robert Hill)
 
Art Direction by
John Earl 
 
Makeup Department
Jimmy Evans .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Clive Midwinter .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jimmy Shingfield .... assistant director (as James Shingfield)
Barrie Melrose .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack Elliott .... property buyer (uncredited)
Gilbert Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
Tom Buchanan .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ray Hole .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Fred Newton .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gus Drisse .... camera operator
Brian Cummings .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ted Reed .... still photographer (uncredited)
Alan Rowland .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Gardner .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Michael Burrage .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wilfred Burns .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jane Buck .... continuity
Joyce Herlihy .... production secretary (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
61 min
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Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating)

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
THE HAND (Henry Cass, 1960) **, 23 February 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

I was expecting this to be a horror film of the disembodied hand variety (as would be the case with its 1981 namesake, which, incidentally, I watched fairly recently); instead, it's an eccentric, cheap but surprisingly tolerable Edgar Wallace-type policier which, for its modest length (running barely over an hour), turns out to have an unnecessarily complex plot – wherein myriad characters (many of them having lost the titular body part) are involved with organ-trafficking, impersonation, suicide, murder and the like!

The plot has a WWII Burma-set prologue in which three British soldiers are captured by the Japanese; the latter seek to learn the position and number of the opposing Allied forces and, to this end, two of the prisoners suffer the loss of a hand. Then, we cut to the present day, where it transpires that the third had turned cowardly – so his companions' sacrifice was in vain – and, rather than having the maimed duo seeking the traitor out for revenge, it is he who's still persecuting them! The finale, however, sees the villain getting his just desserts in a most ironic (yet totally predictable) fashion.

Investigating the weird goings-on are a couple of Scotland Yard detectives; bafflingly, one of the most frustrating aspects to this intriguing but ultimately unsatisfying film is the peculiar fact that a lot of the male actors here boast strikingly similar physiognomies and, so as not to get hopelessly confused, one has to keep reminding himself of just who the various characters are and what they represent!

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