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The Devil's Hand (1961)

Approved | | Horror | 13 September 1961 (USA)
A man is haunted by visions of a beautiful woman. When he finally meets her, he winds up involved in a Satanic cult.

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Jo Heims (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Christian ... Bianca Milan
Robert Alda ... Rick Turner
Ariadne Welter Ariadne Welter ... Donna Trent (as Ariadna Welter)
Neil Hamilton ... Francis Lamont
Gere Craft Gere Craft ... Mary the Nurse
Jeanne Carmen ... The Blonde Cultist (as Jeannie Carman)
Julie Scott Julie Scott ... Cult Member
Diane Spears Diane Spears ... Cult Member
Gertrude Astor ... The Elderly Cultist
Bruno VeSota ... Lindell's Sponsor (as Bruno Ve-Sota)
Dick Lee Dick Lee ... Cult Member
Jim Knight Jim Knight ... Cult Member
Coleen Vico Coleen Vico ... Cult Member
Roy Wright Roy Wright ... Doctor
Romona Ravez Romona Ravez ... Cult Member
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Storyline

Rick Turner is engaged of Donna Trent and is having nightmares with a beautiful blonde woman dancing in the sky. One night, he is mysteriously driven to a doll shop, and in the next morning he returns to the place with Donna. He finds a doll that resembles his fiancé, but the owner Francis Lamont delivers another doll to him, with the face of the woman of his dreams, Bianca Milan. Rick looks for Bianca and is seduced and convinced by her to join a sect that worships the diabolic Camba, while the health of Donna is threatened by Francis and Bianca. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Witchcraft See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rex Carlton Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Rick Turner: Who're your friends?
Donna Trent: My *date* for the afternoon. You're twenty minutes late.
Rick Turner: Sorry.
Donna Trent: You hear that? He says he's sorry. Do you think I should marry a man who is late for his appointments?
Rick Turner: She's proposing again.
Donna Trent: Only for the seventeenth time.
Rick Turner: You've waited all your life for the perfect mate; what's twenty minutes more?
Donna Trent: You should get over that inferiority complex.
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well-shot, reasonably entertaining satanic cult film
15 July 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

An engaged man (Robert Alda) who's quit his job has a recurring dream about a dancing woman appearing in the sky. One night, he's drawn towards a doll shop, where he sees a doll that resembles the woman from the dream. He goes there the next day with his fiancé, and the man at the shop (Commissioner Gordon from Batman!) insists Alda dropped off a photo of the woman for his "portrait doll." They also see a doll that resembles his fiancé, and she thinks her fiancé was responsible. However, the shopkeeper is insistent that the doll is of another woman. I rather liked this weird start to the movie.

Much of the movie revolves around a cult that worships the devil god Gamba or Gomba (it's pronounced both ways). It's a racially mixed group, with black and Asian couples in among the whites. It's also been infiltrated by someone taking photos.

In an interview with star Linda Christian in the book Screen Sirens Scream, she said she liked the original script better, which involved "clairvoyance and astrologers and numerologists." She had some bad things to say about the producers, which evidently was the reason behind her sister (also in this film) never doing another American film.

Director William J. Hole Jr. directed two other horror movies, Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959) and US footage only for La Cara del terror (1962), neither of which I've seen. This one is fairly good, though the male lead character is poorly written. He's drawn into things without seemingly thinking or caring much about them.

I saw this in Rhino's Horrible Horrors Vol. 2 box set. Picture and sound quality were very good.


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