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Hands of a Stranger (1962)

Passed  -  Horror  -  22 April 1962 (USA)
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A concert pianist loses his hands in a car crash, but a surgeon gives him new ones. The experimental medical procedure goes awry when the new hands drive the pianist mad.

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Dr. Gil Harding
Joan Harvey ...
Dina Paris
James Noah ...
Vernon Paris (as James Stapleton)
Ted Otis ...
Dr. Ross Compton
Michael Rye ...
George Britton
Laurence Haddon ...
Police Lt. Syms (as Larry Haddon)
Elaine Martone ...
Eileen Hunter
George Sawaya ...
Tony Wilder
Michael Du Pont ...
Dr. Ken Fry (as Michael du Pont)
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David Kramer ...
Carnival Barker
Irish McCalla ...
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A surgeon must graft new hands on a concert pianist to replace his badly mangled ones. However, after the operation, the pianist comes to believe that his new hands have a mind of their own, and are trying to force him to commit evil acts. Written by Anonymous

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THE SURGEON'S SCAPEL WRITES A THRILLER! (original print ads-all caps) See more »

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22 April 1962 (USA)  »

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First film of James Noah, and last film of Joan Harvey See more »

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(at around 47 mins) The pianist hits the piano keys in frustration in the treble register. However, we hear the sound of the lower, bass, register instead. See more »

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Doctor's Hubris
25 April 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This low budget Allied Artists thriller boasts some very unique camera work and a nice and edgy performance as a Van Cliburn like concert pianist whose hands become horribly mangled in a car crash by Paul Lukather.

The film opens with someone killing and then being killed and it's those hands that are grafted on to Lukather when he's brought into the hospital. James Stapleton plays the surgeon whose hubris leads him to using Lukather as an experimental guinea pig for a new surgical transplant technique.

Who knows if eventually it might have worked, but imagine asking Van Cliburn to put his career on hold around this time for several years. Lukather is not that patient and several fatalities result because of that, most tragically the death of child prodigy Barry Gordon.

Though the film holds up pretty well for such a low budget product with limited production values in 1962 no one would have mistaken the lead for anyone else other than Van Cliburn. That dimension is lost to today's generation.

Doesn't mean they can't enjoy a good low budget shocker.


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