THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS (1946 U.S.) D: ROBERT FLOREY W: CURT SIODMAK P: WILLIAM JACOBS
Peter Lorre is fantastic in this b/w gem as he imagines (or does he?) a disembodied hand crawling around playing the piano, terrorising and strangling him in his big Italian mansion. The surreal sequences with the hand are marvellous, utilising convincing FX by Hans F. Konekamp and William C. McGann. Recommended. With Robert Alda, Andrea King, Victor Francen, J. Carrol Naish, John Alvin, Barbara Brown, William Edmunds, Belle Mitchell, Ray Walker, Pedro de Codorba and Lottie Williams. Based on a story by William Fryer Harvey, it would make a great Lorre and homicidal hand double-bill with MAD LOVE.

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