MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,698 this week

Hands of a Stranger (1962)

Passed  |   |  Horror  |  22 April 1962 (USA)
5.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.1/10 from 293 users  
Reviews: 21 user | 10 critic

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.

Director:

(as Newton Arnold)

Writer:

(as Newton Arnold)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 422 titles
created 19 Apr 2011
 
a list of 1000 titles
created 09 Jan 2012
 
a list of 9998 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 10 Nov 2012
 
a list of 812 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hands of a Stranger (1962)

Hands of a Stranger (1962) on IMDb 5.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hands of a Stranger.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Ghost (1963)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

Director: Riccardo Freda
Stars: Barbara Steele, Peter Baldwin, Elio Jotta
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After an enigmatic, self-described pathologist rents the attic room of a Victorian house, his landlady begins to suspect her lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director: Hugo Fregonese
Stars: Jack Palance, Constance Smith, Byron Palmer
Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

Director: Robert Wiene
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Kortner
Mad Love (1935)
Certificate: Passed Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An insane surgeon's obsession with an actress leads him to replace her husband's hands with the hands of a knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.

Director: Karl Freund
Stars: Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive
Bloodlust! (1961)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

A crazed hunter kidnaps people and turns them loose on his private estate, where he hunts them for sport.

Director: Ralph Brooke
Stars: Wilton Graff, June Kenney, Walter Brooke
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

At a girl's school, several students are murdered by a snarling, wolf-man-like creature. Suspicion falls upon a newly arrived teacher.

Director: Paolo Heusch
Stars: Barbara Lass, Carl Schell, Curt Lowens
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland
Horror | Sci-Fi | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

Legendary outlaw of the Old West Jesse James, on the run from Marshal MacPhee, hides out in the castle of Baron Frankenstein's granddaughter Maria, who proceeds to transform Jesse's ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: John Lupton, Narda Onyx, Cal Bolder
Film-Noir | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Cemetery director Robert Kraft discovers that by arbitrarily changing the status of plots from empty to occupied on the planogram causes the death of the plots' owners.

Director: Albert Band
Stars: Richard Boone, Theodore Bikel, Peggy Maurer
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In a turn-of-the-century Renaissane Itakian mansion, its tyrannical owner, a one-handed, wheelchair-bound pianist with a strong belief in the occult is murdered.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Robert Alda, Andrea King, Peter Lorre
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A man is haunted by visions of a beautiful woman. When he finally meets her, he winds up involved in a Satanic cult.

Director: William J. Hole Jr.
Stars: Linda Christian, Robert Alda, Ariadna Welter
How Awful About Allan (TV Movie 1970)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After an eight-month stay in a mental hospital, a tormented man comes home to live with his sister; but a mysterious boarder may be trying to kill him.

Director: Curtis Harrington
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Julie Harris, Joan Hackett
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
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)
...
Sue
David Kramer ...
Carnival Barker
Irish McCalla ...
Holly
...
Skeet
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

THEY GAVE HIM THE HANDS OF A KILLER! (all original print ads and posters-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 April 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Answer  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Completed in 1960, but not released until 1962. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Crazy Credits

and introducing BARRY GORDON as Skeet See more »

Connections

Version of Mad Love (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

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)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Subtle it ain't!
18 September 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – 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!


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Painting bongo_x
Worst Cab Driver Ever tepista
Turner Classic Movies elliotjames2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3BVP9_8ZE0 rama24-217-573354
Discuss Hands of a Stranger (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?