The Beast With Five Fingers
The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)

When a concert pianist dies without recognizing his personal secretary in his will, the secretary chops off one of the corpse's hands and begins to plot revenge. Things get more complicated, however, when the disembodied hand takes on a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1946
DVD Release Date: September 30, 1992
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This is fairly spooky despite its silly story and modest budget

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

The animated hand, creepy piano music, and Lorre's eye-popping performance are all memorable.

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TV Guide

A taut, genuinely scary psychodrama which gave vent to Lorre's weird mannerisms and produced some marvelous special effects created by director Florey.

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Variety Staff

It gives more credit for intelligence than the average thriller.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

This is one of those semi-classic horror films which contains unforgettably creepy sequences and one or two great performances along with a great deal of fudged plotting.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Given the tenuous state of horror in 1946, it acquits itself beautifully.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Since it is not cricket to divulge too many details, suffice it to say that Curt Siodmak's script explains the macabre goings-on psychologically and otherwise.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Lorre literally steals the show with a masterfully bravura performance in a superior slice of psychological horror.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

As it torments Lorre, the hand becomes a manifestation of the metaphorical notion of a hand tugging us toward our destiny or reaching from the past to punish us; an alternate, utterly appropriate title might be 'The Hand of Fate.'

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
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… More
Anthony Valletta
The top of the crawling, severed hand genre.
Stella Dallas
pretty creepy cool. marred somewhat by a silly ending but lorre is great. it's alive, i tell you, it's alive!
Caesar Mendez
A film biggest challenge is it ability to stand the test of times which is why even decades later we are still watching Charlie Chaplin comedies and many films… More