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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 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 The Hands of Orlac (1960) See more »

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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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Not As Good As Earlier Versions
3 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hands of a Stranger (1962)

** (out of 4)

Low-budget remake of THE HANDS OF ORLAC from the one and only Allied Artists. As in the numerous earlier versions, a concert pianist (James Stapleton) loses his hands in a car wreck so a doctor (Paul Lukather) gives him the hands of someone else. Soon the pianist begins to lose his mind and goes around killing several people. Is it the new hands or is something else going on? HANDS OF A STRANGER really doesn't improve on any of the earlier versions of this story and in the end the film is just way too talky and doesn't feature enough energy or excitement. For a horror film from 1962 I was a little surprised to see how much it was lacking in regards to the horror elements. The death scenes are all rather tame and there were a few times where you couldn't even tell that he killed the people until later in the film when it was mentioned that they were dead. The biggest problem, however, is the fact that there's just way too much talking going on and it just makes the film drag along to a point where you just grow tired of everything going on. The performances are also all over the place but I thought Lukather and Stapleton were good in their parts. The one thing I did like is how the film never really made it clear if the hands were doing the killing or if it was the actual person just mentally unstable from not being a concert pianist anymore. Still, with such better films out there it's hard to recommend this to anyone other than those who want to see every version.


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