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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 ... 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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A Sensation of Screaming Suspense! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

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Details

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

According to Curt Siodmak in "Screenwriter: Words Become Pictures", he originally wrote the story for Warner Brothers leading man Paul Henreid. The actor declined saying, "I'm not wild to play against a dead hand." The writer believed that it would have been more effective with a good-looking man like Henreid instead of Peter Lorre, whom the audience would automatically think was crazy. See more »

Goofs

The hand print in the soil outside the mausoleum is not a print. A print would pressed into the soft soil. But, the hand print shown is in relief (raised above the surface). Hands or feet don't make that kind of impression. See more »

Quotes

Ovidio Castanio: In my mind there is no doubt the hand is walking around.
Conrad Ryler: You don't believe in things like that.
Ovidio Castanio: Unfortunately for the peace of our souls, one cannot explain everything logically that happens in this world, Signor Conrad.
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Connections

Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 27 September 2004 (2004) 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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PETER LORRE, VICTOR FRANCEN & J. CARROL NAISH WERE GREAT!
14 March 2003 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

It is very easy to critize the plot or story line of this picture, however, Peter Lorre made this film into an all time great classic along with the great supporting skills of Victor Francen and J. Carrol Naish. Lorre made his own human hand into a monster with his great acting talents, telling us all that mental illness can cause many things to happen within our very souls. The piano music pounded in my ears throughout this picture and the black and white effect made it a great thriller. Police inspector J Carrol Naish gave a great final touch to the ending of this picture, he gave us all a BIG LAUGH!


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