The Beast with Five Fingers

The Beast with Five Fingers

Robert Florey (1946)

84min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Peter Lorre acts deliciously deranged, as only he can, when the severed hand of a dead concert pianist returns from the grave to haunt his tortured soul. Or is he just imagining it? Lorre literally steals the show with a masterfully bravura performance in a superior slice of psychological horror, marshalling the sinister staples of mythic madness and macabre music into a satisfying scare-fest. Give a big hand to Robert Florey for his adept direction, and to the key special effect itself (which Luis Buñuel had a hand in; he worked on the preparatory stages of the film), a marvellously nightmarish image.

Summary

After a famous pianist's murder, his hand returns to wreak vengeance.

Cast & Crew

Bruce Conrad Robert Alda
Julie Holden Andrea King
Hilary Cummins Peter Lorre
Francis Ingram Victor Francen
Ouidio Castanio J Carrol Naish
Raymond Arlington Charles Dingle
Donald Arlington John Alvin
Duprex David Hoffman
Director Robert Florey
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdAvailable on: video