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La mano dello straniero (1954)

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 »


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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 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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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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Introducing Richard O'Sullivan. See more »

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Overlooked Greene Classic
23 May 2017 | by saints05See all my reviews

I almost gave up on this film as the TV version had very muddy sound, and I found it hard to follow at the start. I'm glad I didn't give up, as it turned out to be quite the clever little pot-boiler. I must admit to being a Graham Greene fan, and a Richard O'Sullivan fan as well. Firstly, the film: I found it a surprisingly good early fifties film, with adult themes well ahead of its time and very pleasing cinematography. I couldn't help thinking that Hitchcock himself would have had a hard time doing better with the suspense and the black and white visions of Venice. Sometimes corny and plot challenged, it remains a rather intelligent piece of post war European intrigue. Despite his young age (10) I believe that Richard O'Sullivan should have received top billing because, despite other comments on this site to the contrary, he both Starred in, and carried this film - quite a feat for one so young.

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