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The Crawling Hand (1963)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  24 February 1966 (Mexico)
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The hand of a dead astronaut comes crawling back from the grave to strangle the living

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kent Taylor ...
Rod Lauren ...
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Sheriff Townsend (as Alan Hale)
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Sirry Steffen ...
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Tristram Coffin ...
Security Chief Meidel (as Tristam Coffin)
Ross Elliott ...
Deputy Earl Harrison
Stan Jones ...
Funeral Director (as G. Stanley Jones)
Jock Putnam ...
Ambulance Attendant
Andy Andrews ...
Ambulance Attendant
Syd Saylor ...
Soda Shop Owner
Edward Wermel ...
Prof. Farnstrom
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Storyline

After an astronaut space capsule is detonated in orbit, a teenager finds a severed arm among wreckage on earth. Soon the thing returns to life to murder and posses the young man's mind. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Astronaut Ordered Blown Up!!! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

24 February 1966 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Don't Cry Wolf  »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Burt Reynolds screen-tested twice for the role as teen character Paul Lawrence, but reportedly performed so woodenly that he was not chosen. See more »

Goofs

When Paul sits up and looks at the dead Mrs. Hotchkiss in the back of the ambulance and screams, Mrs. Hotchkiss begins to close her eyes after being dead for quite some time now. See more »

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The Bird's the Word
Sung by The Rivingtons
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No acting, not allowed!
5 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a pretty typical piece of Sci-Fi tripe of the late 50's-early 60's period. With the assistence of the Skipper (Yep, Alan Hale) two scientists track down a rougue body part that takes over the mind of a local teen, Paul. The hand controls him through some "cosmic force" that goes unexplained. The hand/arm strangles the poor lad's toadlike landlady before taking over his mind. Paul is less successful in killing people, as he fails to kill both a sour soda shop keeper and his Swedish girlfriend.

Will Paul be able to defeat his foe? Or will he need the help of alley cats? "Dames like this ALWAYS got beer around".


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