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directed by Robert Florey
USA 1946


Film icon Peter Lorre turns in yet another memorable performance in this eerie classic set in a small town in Italy. Hilary Cummins (Lorre), the devoted secretary to wheelchair-bound piano virtuoso Francis Ingram (Victor Francen), has a passion for the occult. Poring through every book on the supernatural he can find in Ingram's vast library, Hilary begins to imagine strange and terrifying things. But after Ingram's tragic death, the line between reality and unimaginable terror is blurred as the severed hand from Ingram's corpse begins killing everyone in the villa! Also starring Robert Alda and Andrea King, The Beast with Five Fingers is filled with wit, thrills and shocking plot twists!


Theatrical Release: 25 December 1946 (premiere)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:28:21

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.31 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:03)

DVD Release Date: October 1st, 2013
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Robert Florey directs this excellent thriller with some noir and horror elements thrown in to elevate the story of severed hand possibly killing off the inhibitors of the old mansion in 19th century's Italy. The film features some excellent performances including Victor Francen as the pianist and the owner of the hand, Peter Lorre as his devoted secretary and J. Carrol Naish as the police commissario trying to piece the mystery together. Robert Alda, Andrea King, Charles Dingle and John Alvin also co-star. For more severed hand thrills from Warner, see The Hand.

The films gets a new transfer from Warner Archive on this single-layered made-on-demand disc, released just in time for Halloween 2013. There are a few damaged frames in one short scene and there are plenty of marks and specs, but comparing to another recently restored title without existing original elements - Mask of Dimitros, the image is considerably more stable. The audio is very good, with no distortions and the excellent score by Max Steiner comes out loud and clear. There is a unique trailer featured on the disc as an extra where a hand points to the viewer - "Don't You Dare Miss It!" We can say the same about this release that gets our enthusiastic recommendations.

  - Gregory Meshman


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