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The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery | 8 February 1947 (USA)
In a turn-of-the-century Renaissance Italian mansion, its tyrannical owner, a one-handed, wheelchair-bound pianist, with a strong belief in the occult, is murdered.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Conrad Ryler
... Julie Holden
... Hilary Cummins
... Francis Ingram
... Ovidio Castanio
... Raymond Arlington
... Donald Arlington
David Hoffman ... Duprex
Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Miller
... Clara (as Patricia White)
William Edmunds ... Antonio
... Giovanna
... Mr. Miller
... Horatio
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Locals in an Italian village believe evil has taken over the estate of a recently deceased pianist where several murders have taken place. The alleged killer: the pianist's severed hand. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A Sensation of Screaming Suspense! See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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Also Known As:

La bête aux cinq doigts  »

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This was Peter Lorre's last film for Warner Bros. See more »

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Conrad proposes to Julie that the two of them leave Italy without the Commissario's knowledge. He should know this is impossible, as he saw the Commissario confiscate Julie's passport sometime earlier. See more »

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Francis Ingram: Hilary, do you know why you are here?
Hilary Cummins: No, I don't . Some anniversary perhaps?
Francis Ingram: No, no such thing. I merely want your testimony... that I am not insane. It's very important to me to be certain that not one of you thinks I am of unsound mind. Bruce, you are an artist, a musician, You've been with me a long time. You've been with me constantly; therefore you are in a position to speak. Are you convinced that there is nothing wrong with... with my mental balance?
Conrad Ryler: Your mental balance is equal to mine...
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Referenced in Lucifer: #TeamLucifer (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Chaconne in D minor BMW 1004
Composed bt Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged for the left hand by Johannes Brahms
Pianist Ervin Nyiregyhazi
("Played on the screen by Victor Francen)
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Old Fashioned SCARY Movie...
12 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the scariest movies I ever saw. It really plays with your mind. I admit that I first saw this movie as a kid int the back seat of my parent's car at the drive-in, and FOR YEARS, I was very afraid of the hand coming out from under sofas, beds and anywhere dark.

It connects with something deep in the subconscious as the hand is the part of the body that does all things and in this movie it is a power all unto itself.

The black and white film makes this movie a perfect expression of the subconscious, fearful and malevolent. Definitely one that I hope would eventually make it to DVD, and one to own if you're into the classics of this genre.


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