Hand of Death (1961)

USA, 1960
59m, 5268 feet
35mm film, black and white, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Gene Nelson.


Directed by: Gene Nelson
© MCMLXI [] by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Produced by: Eugene Ling
Production Supervisor: Harold E. Knox
Assistant Director: Willard Kirkham
Script Supervisor: Winifred Gibson
Written by: Eugene Ling
Director of Photography: Floyd Crosby
Supervising Film Editor: Jodie Copelan
Film Editor: Carl Pierson
Music Composed and Conducted by: Sonny Burke
Sound: Vic Appel
Supervising Sound Editor: Jack Cornall
Sound Facilities by: Continental Sound Corp.
Wardrobe: John Intlekofer
Makeup: Bob Mark
Set Decorations: Harry Reif
Property Master: Ygnacio Sepulveda
CinemaScope Lenses by: Bausch & Lomb

John Agar [Alex Marsh]
Paula Raymond [Carol Wilson]
Steve Dunne [Tom Holland]
Roy Gordon [Dr Frederick Ramsey]
John Alonzo [Carlos]
Jack Younger [police lieutenant]
Joe Besser [service station attendant]
Butch Patrick [Davey]
Norman Burton [Mike]
Fred Krone [taxi driver]
Kevin Enright [police photographer]
Jack Doner [cop]
Chuck Niles [reporter]
Ruth Terry [woman with packages]
Bob Whitney [cop]

Alternative Titles

Ta 5 dahtyla tou thanatou – Greece
Five Fingers of Death – alternative title
La mano de la justicia – Mexico

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1996)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.3 p.4
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.4 p.6
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.10 p.40
  • Monster! no.7 (July 2014) pp.4-8 – illustrated review (by Stephen R. Bissette)
  • Kine Weekly no.2901 (9 May 1963) p.10 – credits
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.30 no.353 (June 1963) p.86 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.228 no.1 (11 July 1962) p.611 – review


  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.283
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.186 – credits
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.49 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.181 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.199-200 – illustrated credits, review