The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)


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In this horror film, an invalid concert pianist dies, leaving a will that does not include his personal secretary as a beneficiary. Furious, the secretary cuts off a hand from the corpse and plots revenge. Unfortunately for Hilary, the hand inherits a life of its own and relentlessly stalks him.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Curt Siodmak
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 1992
Dominant Pictures Corp.


as Bruce Conrad

as Julie Holden

as Hilary Cummins

as Francis Ingram

as Ouidio Castanio

as Raymond Arlington

as Donald Arlington

as Mrs. Miller

as Miller
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Critic Reviews for The Beast With Five Fingers

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This is fairly spooky despite its silly story and modest budget

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August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Given the tenuous state of horror in 1946, it acquits itself beautifully.

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Audience Reviews for The Beast With Five Fingers


Not a fantastic piece of work, but well-written and interesting. Peter Lorre is, of course, the reason to watch the movie - although the ending was really silly and definitely felt tacked on.

Tim Salmons

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pretty creepy cool. marred somewhat by a silly ending but lorre is great. it's alive, i tell you, it's alive!

Stella Dallas

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One of Peter Lorre's best horror roles but very, very dated now. It's easy to confuse this with "Mad Love" as both are about murderous hands. "Mad Love" is perhaps the better of the two movies though this one still has merits as you aren't quite sure if the disembodied hand is real or not. The ending spoils it all though.

Dr Blood  

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