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The Stranger's Hand (1954)

La mano dello straniero (original title)
Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 20 January 1954 (Italy)
A British lad tries to investigate his father's disappearance in Venice when nobody believes him.


Mario Soldati


Graham Greene (story), Giorgio Bassani (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Basehart ... Joe Hamstringer
Trevor Howard ... Major Roger Court
Alida Valli ... Roberta Gleukovitch
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Dr. Vivaldi
Richard O'Sullivan ... Roger Court
Stephen Murray ... British Consul in Venice
Arnoldo Foà ... Commissioner
Guido Celano ... Chief Constable
Giorgio Costantini Giorgio Costantini ... Pescovitch
Angelo Cecchelin Angelo Cecchelin ... Luza
Nino Vechina Nino Vechina ... First Killer
Armando Papette Armando Papette ... Second Killer
Giovanni Karuz Giovanni Karuz ... Third Killer
Joan Butterfield Joan Butterfield ... Mrs. Harrington
Alessandro Paulon Alessandro Paulon ... Morgan


A British lad tries to investigate his father's disappearance in Venice when nobody believes him.

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...and introducing RICHARD O'SULLIVAN, a boy caught in a web of terror See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller


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lost boy in Venice

A young boy arrives in Venice (Italy, not California) to find his father. After a phone call with him at his arrival, the father disappears. The kid is helped by Allida Valli and Richard Basehart (who appears suddenly without any explanation). This thriller with a desperate young boy (touching Richard O'Sullivan) is slow-paced until a fast energic ending. The scenes with the father as a sick prisonner are creepy. There are a lot of views of Venice with lot of crowd, on the contrary of "the Venetian bird" directed the year before in a deserted Venice (also talkie movie with a fast energic ending). Not the best movie directed by Mario Soldati.

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Release Date:

20 January 1954 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Den fremmedes hånd See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, Veneto, Italy

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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