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Hands of a Stranger (1962)

Passed | | Horror | 22 April 1962 (USA)
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
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Dina Paris
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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
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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 SCREEN DARES EXPLORE THE REALM OF "TRANSPLANT SURGERY"! (original print ads-all caps) See more »

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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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and introducing BARRY GORDON as Skeet See more »

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Version of Mad Love (1935) See more »

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How's Your Mother
Composed by John Mosher Played by Red Norvo Quintet (as Red Norvo Quintette) (Red Norvo, Jerry Dodgion, Jimmy Wyble, John Markham, Red Wootten)
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Subtle it ain't!
18 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

If this film seems familiar, it might be because you've seen "Mad Love" (1935) or either version of "The Hands of Orlac" (1924/1960). "Hands of a Stranger" is essentially a reworking of this story. In all four films, a concert pianist loses his hands in an accident and receives transplanted hands--and the hands are, apparently, evil and have a mind of their own! What makes this film a bit difference is that the surgeon is not evil--just an over-actor! And the same can clearly be said about the pianist's sister--who seems to be trying her best to upstage the doctor's occasionally overwrought performance! Ditto for the pianist. Once he has his bandages removed, so is all restraint--and he begins battling for the best over-acting award! My vote is for the sister...but her crazy brother sure gives her a run for the money! Regardless, this movie lacks subtlety and is filled with many scenes that are simply overdone. And I loved how practically every time the pianist touched someone they died!! It was actually pretty funny--though sadly the film was not intended as a comedy.

The bottom line is that I've seen the 1935 and 1924 films and they are excellent--highly enjoyable and clever. "Hands of a Stranger", in contrast, is heavy-handed and a bit dumb...no...a lot dumb. Really, really dumb. But, because it is so bad, it actually is worth seeing just for a few laughs.

By the way, looks for a young Barry Gordon as a piano-playing kid. He's pretty cute and has a memorable encounter with the crazed pianist. Also, get a load of the Doctor and his bedside manner. He sure loves slapping patients! I wonder which medical school taught him that!


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