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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.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Curt Siodmak (screen play), William Fryer Harvey (from a story by)
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Cast

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 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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Storyline

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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It walks like a spider... it stalks like a cobra! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Curt Siodmack was under contract to Universal Pictures and,unfortunately, the then head of Universal, Robert Arthur, was not that fond of horror movies otherwise this picture would have undoubtedly been made there. When Arthur realized how very successful both critically and financially horror movies are he quickly brought them back to Universal. Patricia White, who married the great playwright Philip Barry and started using her married name went on to sign a long dual movie contract with both M.G.M. and Universal Studios. See more »

Goofs

The Commissario says he has found fingerprints less than a day old. Normally there is no way to date fingerprints. See more »

Quotes

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 Corpse Bride (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Vintege horror at its very best
14 November 2005 | by Chris GaskinSee all my reviews

The Beast with Five Fngers has to be one of the best classic horrors ever made, along with The Haunting (1963).

A pianist is killed, possibly murdered after he falls down the stairs in his creepy mansion. After his death, strange things start happening including the piano playing on its own accord and the strange behaviour of the secretary. Then murders start to take place and these turn out to be the work of the pianist's severed hand, which haunts the mansion.

With creepy music by Max Steinor, a howling wind and windows slamming open and shut, all these things make this movie very scary.

The excellent cast includes a creepy performance by Peter Lorre (Mad Love, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), Robert Alda, Andrea King and J Carrol Naish (The Monster Maker).

This is a must for all horror fans. Excellent and scary.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


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