The Beast with Five Fingers (1947)

USA, 1946
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Robert Florey.

Plot Summary

A famous pianist has suffered a stroke which leaves one hand useless. When he dies, he leaves his fortune to a young niece and his other relatives as well as his secretary begin circling. But she has more to worry about when the dead man’s apparently living severed hand is heard playing the piano…


Directed by: Robert Florey
Warner Bros.-First National Pictures
Executive Producer: Jack L. Warner
Produced by: William Jacobs
Written by: Curt Siodmak
Story: William Fryer Harvey
Director of Photography: William Grace [real name: Wesley Anderson]
Editor: Frank Magee
Music: Max Steiner
Sound: Oliver S. Garretson
Make-up: Perc Westmore
Art Director: Stanley Fleischer

Robert Alda (Conrad Ryler/Bruce Conrad)
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 (Mrs Miller)
Patricia White [real name: Patricia Barry] (Clara)
William Edmunds (Antonio)
Belle Mitchell (Giovanna)
Ray Walker (Mr Miller)
Pedro de Cordoba (Horatio)



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