IMDb > The Hand (1960)

The Hand (1960) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
5.1/10   84 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 14% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Ray Cooney (original story and screenplay) and
Tony Hilton (original story and screenplay)
View company contact information for The Hand on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
October 1960 (UK) See more »
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 »
User Reviews:
A forgotten movie - but with interesting details. See more (8 total) »


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

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

Produced by
Bill Luckwell .... producer
Derek Winn .... co-producer (as D. E. A. Winn)
Cinematography by
Walter J. Harvey  (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
Barrie Melrose .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack Elliott .... property buyer
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
Brian Cummings .... focus puller
Gus Drisse .... camera operator
Ted Reed .... still photographer
Alan Rowland .... clapper loader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Gardner .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Michael Burrage .... assistant editor
Music Department
Wilfred Burns .... musical director
Other crew
Jane Buck .... continuity
Joyce Herlihy .... production secretary (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributors
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
61 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A forgotten movie - but with interesting details., 14 May 2002
Author: Geisterzug from Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Great start!

And yeah - lots of talk, and no action - which was the curse of British B movies of the time. But you've got to pay attention to the dialogue this time, or you won't work out what the motivation is. In other words, Ray Cooney's dialogue is a bit cleverer than the norm at the time.

Nasty shots (for 1961) - one severed hand (natch!)

Who's the murderer, then? Bloody Hell - Derek Bond has the lead role on the posters, and doesn't appear after the MEANINGFUL prologue until well into the movie.

Ray Cooney wrote the screenplay, and went on to script several extremely successful comedy/farce plays. This seems to have been his only foray into nasty stuff.He also appears in the movie. Several rewinds suggest that he's the main Cop's second hand( heh, heh!) man.(The credits aren't helpful)

I had to hunt this movie down after many years. Hard to find. Is it good? Well - all I can say is that, had I the chance to view it at the time, I may not have been disappointed. Very English, shoestring budget. Today?

It's an hour long, you've got to pay attention to throw-away dialogue - but it's much better than those Butcher Film movies that send you to sleep after 5 minutes and -

Amazing for 1960: Bad language! In the prologue, a character calls his WW2 captors "Dirty Bastards!" Believe me, STRONG stuff for the time.

BUT - this is NOT a lost classic. Tape it on late night TV if it ever shows, but don't pay what I did to give you this review.


Was the above review useful to you?
See more (8 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Hand (1960)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Return from the River Kwai Like Minds The English Patient Borstal Boy The Krays
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Crime section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.