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The Crawling Hand (1963)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 24 February 1966 (Mexico)
The hand of a dead astronaut comes crawling back from the grave to strangle the living


Herbert L. Strock


Bill Idelson (screenplay) (as Wm. Idelson), Herbert L. Strock (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Breck ... Steve Curan
Kent Taylor ... Dr. Max Weitzberg
Rod Lauren ... Paul Lawrence
Alan Hale Jr. ... Sheriff Townsend (as Alan Hale)
Allison Hayes ... Donna
Sirry Steffen Sirry Steffen ... Marta Farnstrom
Arline Judge ... Mrs. Hotchkiss
Richard Arlen ... Lee Barrenger
Tristram Coffin ... Security Chief Meidel (as Tristam Coffin)
Ross Elliott ... Deputy Earl Harrison
Stan Jones ... Funeral Director (as G. Stanley Jones)
Jock Putnam Jock Putnam ... Ambulance Attendant
Andy Andrews Andy Andrews ... Ambulance Attendant
Syd Saylor ... Soda Shop Owner
Edward Wermel Edward Wermel ... Prof. Farnstrom


After an astronaut space capsule is detonated in orbit, a teenager finds a severed arm among wreckage on earth. Soon the thing returns to life to murder and posses the young man's mind. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Release Date:

24 February 1966 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Creeping Hand See more »


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Utter-McKinley-Strother Mortuary where Curran and Weitzberg view the body of Mrs. Hotchkiss either is, or is named after, the mortuary where the funeral of Bela Lugosi was held in 1956. See more »


When Paul sits up and looks at the dead Mrs. Hotchkiss in the back of the ambulance and screams, Mrs. Hotchkiss begins to close her eyes after being dead for quite some time now. See more »


Soda Shop Owner: Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you die. You think I'm kiddin' huh? Didn't you see that thing last night?
Patsy Townsend: No.
Marta Farnstrom: I didn't see anything.
Soda Shop Owner: Well I phoned your father. Well there was a fireball in the sky as big as a house! He didn't see it either!
Marta Farnstrom: Well, what do you think it was?
Soda Shop Owner: Didn't I tell ya? Eat, drink and be merry... tomorrow you die!
[the girls laugh]
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Who Said That Ed Wood Is the Worst Director of All Time?
6 May 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In NASA, the technician Steve Curan (Peter Breck) and Dr. Max Weitzberg (Kent Taylor) lose contact with a spacecraft returning from the moon and they assume that the astronauts have died. Out of the blue, one of them appears in the monitor and asks to people destroy the ship, and Dr. Weitzberg pushes a button and explodes the spacecraft.

Meanwhile the medical student Paul Lawrence (Rod Lauren) goes to the beach with his girlfriend Donna (Allison Hayes) and they find the severed arm of one astronaut. Later Paul returns to the beach and brings the arm as a sort of souvenir. The arm mysteriously comes to life and kills his landlord. Further the alien in the hand occasionally takes over his brain and he begins the prime suspect of Sheriff Townsend (Alan Hale) of being the killer in town.

The lame "The Crawling Hand" is so awful that becomes very entertaining and even a cult movie. The story is stupid; the lead character is dumb; the acting and direction are terrible. There are many funny things, like the scientist blowing up the spacecraft after the request of an ill astronaut, but maybe the best is when Paul Lawrence brings the severed arm home and puts it on the shelve like a trophy. In the end, who said that Ed Wood is the worst director of all time? My vote is three.

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