Beast with Five Fingers, The (MGM 1947, Robert Alda, Peter Lorre)

Beast With Five Fingers

In The Beast with Five Fingers a partially paralyzed concert pianist continues to play with his left hand. But his sudden violent death unleashes a profound terror. His disembodied hand returns to commit a series of murders and traumatize Peter Lorre, his secretary. No matter what Lorre tries to do to the hand (crush it, burn it, bury it), it continues to haunt the villagers. Creative camera work, as well as the interaction between Lorre and the hand, make this necessary viewing for horror historians.

Celebrated director Luis Bunuel prepared The Beast with Five Fingers, but the job eventually went to Robert Florey, whose early work included the Marx Brothers’ first feature, The Cocoanuts (1929), co-directed with Joseph Santley.

Robert Alda as Conrad Ryler
Peter Lorre as Hilary Cummins
Andrea King as Julie Holden
Victor Francen as Francis Ingram
J. Carrol Naish as Ovidio Castanio
Charles Dingle as Raymond Arlington
John Alvin as Donald Arlington
David Hoffman as Duprex
Barbara Brown as Mrs. Miller
Patricia Barry as Clara
William Edmunds as Antonio
Belle Mitchell as Giovanna
Ray Walker as Mr. Miller
Pedro de Cordoba as Horatio

crew details
Director: Robert Florey
Screenplay: Curt Siodmak

production details
Country: USA
Studio: MGM
Year of Release: 1947
Duration: 88 minutes

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