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The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery | 8 February 1947 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Curt Siodmak (screen play), William Fryer Harvey (from a story by)
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Alda ... Conrad Ryler
Andrea King ... Julie Holden
Peter Lorre ... Hilary Cummins
Victor Francen ... Francis Ingram
J. Carrol Naish ... Ovidio Castanio
Charles Dingle ... Raymond Arlington
John Alvin ... Donald Arlington
David Hoffman ... Duprex
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Miller
Patricia Barry ... Clara (as Patricia White)
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Antonio
Belle Mitchell ... Giovanna
Ray Walker ... Mr. Miller
Pedro de Cordoba ... 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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Your flesh will creep... AT THE HAND THAT CRAWLS!! See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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According to Curt Siodmak in "Screenwriter: Words Become Pictures", he originally wrote the story for Warner Brothers leading man Paul Henreid. The actor declined saying, "I'm not wild to play against a dead hand." The writer believed that it would have been more effective with a good-looking man like Henreid instead of Peter Lorre, whom the audience would automatically think was crazy. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ovidio Castanio: In my mind there is no doubt the hand is walking around.
Conrad Ryler: You don't believe in things like that.
Ovidio Castanio: Unfortunately for the peace of our souls, one cannot explain everything logically that happens in this world, Signor Conrad.
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Connections

Referenced in Corpse Bride (2005) See more »

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Chaconne in D minor BMW 1004
(uncredited)
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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Wonderfully Suspenseful
7 September 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This movie has you on the edge of your seat. Its atmospheric direction is brilliant.

The cast, too, is excellent: Andrea King, a damsel in distress but a little icy and with kind of an edge (and a hairstyle resembling a headdress0; Robert Alda as the wry romantic lead figure. And of course, Peter Lorre -- neurotic as ever (in roles he was cast in.)

It's scary and has superb music and gorgeous photography.

It does have two flaws: the illogical central conceit of a disembodied hand and the obvious casting of Lorre. Yes, he is excellent, but wouldn't it be nice to see him the hero occasionally, instead of the delusional, pathetic villain?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La bête aux cinq doigts See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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