The Steel Claw (1961)

Approved  |   |  War, Drama  |  16 April 1961 (Japan)
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A Marine stationed in the Philippines loses a hand in an accident and is discharged from the Corps. When the Japanese invade the Philippines, he is called back into service to rescue a ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Capt. John Larsen
Charito Luna ...
Lolita Smith
Mario Barri ...
Paul Sorensen ...
Sgt. Frank Powers
Amelia De La Rama ...
Carmen Austin ...
Ben Perez ...
Dolph Rodriguez
John MacGloan ...
Joe Sison ...
Pedro Faustino ...
Farmer - Lolita's Uncle
Oscar Keesee ...
Lolita's Cousin
Al Wyatt Sr. ...
Sergeant (as Al Wyatt)


A Marine stationed in the Philippines loses a hand in an accident and is discharged from the Corps. When the Japanese invade the Philippines, he is called back into service to rescue a general held by Filipino guerrillas behind Japanese lines. Attaching a steel prosthetic in place of his missing hand, he and his men set out on the mission, which turns out to be not quite what he was told it was. Written by

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16 April 1961 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit der stählernen Klaue  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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Directorial debut of George Montgomery. See more »


Capt. John Larsen: What the hell good is a man with one hand? I can't even tie my own shoes.
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1 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

George Montgomery who starred in Huk which was the story of the Communist Hukbalahap rebels uprising a few years earlier returns to the Phillipines and not only stars, but directs The Steel Claw a story from the very early days in the Pacific War. The location shooting aided somewhat, but this is a really bad film technically with terrible audio. I doubt we'll see a restoration of this either any time soon.

The character Montgomery plays is a Marine captain and wouldn't you know it he's lost his right hand right before the attack on the Phillipines. He's spent a lot of time in the Corps between the World Wars and managed not to see action, not Nicaragua, not Haiti, not China, apparently he was never sent where there was any fighting. We're not sure how he lost his arm, but it wasn't a purple heart injury.

So Montgomery's going home by way of a PT Boat which has to pick up an army general who's been captured and they want to rescue lest he gives any military secrets. When the first plan doesn't work and the boat captain is killed, Montgomery says he's expendable and he goes off in the jungle looking for a Filipino resistance leader and former bandit to help.

All of this is for Montgomery to prove something to himself. He accomplishes his mission. As for the general, well he's something else.

Not likely to see a restoration or a remake.

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