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The Beast With Five Fingers [DVD] [1946] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Peter Lorre, Robert Alda
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner/Allied Vaughn
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FJYXP36
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,819 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is a good film that somehow missed out on being a great film. In pre-WWII Italy a wealthy crippled pianist called Francis Ingram dies. After his burial his one good hand detaches itself from his body (in a quite horrific way!), climbs out of his tomb and returns to haunt the mansion in which his greedy English relatives are planning to cut up his estate and leave Ingram's Nurse (played by Andrea King) and his intellectual close friend Hilary (Peter Lorre) with nothing. The hand exacts revenge and poor Hilary is the only person who ever sees it, making everyone think he is either a murderer or really is losing his mind. Alan Alda's father, Robert, plays a conman antiques dealer who is also roped into the action, for he is the nurse's love interest and helps the local detective, played by J Carroll Naish, get to the bottom of this weird and wonderful case.
I must say that Alda is not the most enigmatic leading man by Hollywood standards, and King is a bit wooden herself. Where the film really comes to life is in Lorre's tour de force performance of a man slowly descending into madness. He hears the dead musician's music played all he time when no-one else can hear it, he sees the hand, even tries to capture it to prove his point but no-one believes him. He is about to lose his home and his beloved books to a bunch of Ingram's greedy relatives, so we are left to guess whether he is delusional or really is being taunted. Lorre is sensational and portrays a borderline madman even better than he did in Fritz Lang's 'M' 16 years previously. Perhaps the only person who comes vaguely close to matching his characterisation is Naish's calm,laid-back, Detective Castanio. Yet make no mistake, this is Lorre's film. The special effects (for 1947 anyway) are quite excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Binky on 23 Jan 2014
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I love this film!

We are in a dark spooky house with it's own crypt on the doorstep, a couple of "madmen" and the obligatory female who is not always in distress! We have murders, spooky music and suspicious minds galore!

Peter Lorre loses his mind so well on screen that, for me, nothing else really matters. He is immensely watchable always. And if you are buying this excellent B-Movie then you are probably also a fan.

However, I will say that this transfer is a very nice, crisp quality. No problem with the sound at all. It all plays beautifully. Yes - the price tag is a little steep but hopefully if we continue to buy these rare films then Warner and others will continue to restore and release them.

A B-Movie classic which ranks up there with Vincent Prices' "The Bat"! Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Mar 2013
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The Beast with Five Fingers is directed by Robert Florey and jointly written by Curt Siodmak and William Fryer Harvey. It stars Robert Alda, Andrea King, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen, J. Carrol Naish, Charles Dingle, John Alvin and David Haffman. Music is by Max Steiner and cinematography by Wesley Anderson.

Francis Ingram (Francen) is a well regarded pianist who after suffering a stroke leaves him paralysed on one side, chooses to live at an isolated manor in rural Italy. After he calls family and carers together for the reading of his will, tragedy strikes and something sinister begins to stalk the manor house...

Wonderfully weird, a blend of guignol, noir, expressionism and cheese, The Beast with Five Fingers delivers rich rewards for those not expecting a horror masterpiece.

Following the classic "old dark house" formula, plot basically sees the characters introduced, their means and motives deliberately grey, tragedy strikes and then the titular beast of the title comes into play. Cue characters getting bumped off, some shouting, some eerie scenes and then the mystery solved. All of which is set to the backdrop of a typical mansion of many rooms and doors, an imposing staircase and of course a grand piano. Florey stitches it together neatly, Anderson provides some striking photography that embraces shadows and deals in odd angles, while Lorre does yet another film stealing performance involving twitchy weasel like mania.

A stupid tacked on coda soils things a touch, and you really have to have a bent for this type of creaky chiller, but it is great fun and it "pointed" the way for other "beastly hand" tales that followed down the line. 7/10
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By sueb on 10 July 2014
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this was the first horror film I ever saw,i was seven,an older friend put beetroot on her lips and a headscarfover her hair to get us in,IT GAVEME NIGHTMARES for a week,so I wanted to see it again,it did not have the same scare factor,but I still enjoyed it it was one of many horror films I have seen since,but this was the first and as such I loved it,but how ,I have wondered did they let us in to see it ,even the beetroot and headscarff
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