Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tuesday's Overlooked Film: The Beast With Five Fingers


For this year's Tuesday's Overlooked Films during the Countdown to Halloween, I've decided to go with a theme--crawling hand movies! Last week I brought you 1963's The Crawling Hand; this week, it's the 1946 film The Beast With Five Fingers.

The Beast With Five Fingers is about a renown concert pianist living reclusively in the Italian countryside with his nurse, secretary (played by Peter Lorre at his creepy best), and the nurse's paramour (Robert Alda, father of Alan Alda). When the pianist dies and his estate is in dispute, murders begin to happen. Are they at the literal hand of the dead man's severed left hand?

The film is lush yet gothic, with fine performances by all. It has the distinction of being the only horror movie produced by Warner Brothers in the 1940s. I saw it this past weekend on TCM and recommend it should you come across it.

Below is the film's trailer. Thanks!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

As you probably know, "The Beast with Five Fingers" is based on W.F. Harvey's story of the same name, which can be found on the web (probably among other places) in this anthology:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15143/15143.txt

Denny Lien

Phillyradiogeek said...

I didn't know that, Anon, thanks!

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