Mini-Review: The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Written by Curt Siodmak
Directed by Robert Florey
Starring Robert Alda, Andrea King, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen, J. Carrol Naish
US Release Feb. 8, 1947
RT 88 min.
Home Video Warner Archive Collection
Classic Horrors rating = 6 (out of 10)

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IMDb Synopsis.  In a turn-of-the-century Renaissance Italian mansion, its tyrannical owner, a one-handed, wheelchair-bound pianist, with a strong belief in the occult, is murdered.

Classic Horrors Synopsis.  Hilary Cummins (Peter Lorre) is the astrologer for pianist Conrad Ryler (Robert Alda), who is murdered in his Italian villa. When strange things happen afterward, it may be that his haunted hand is the culprit.

Thoughts.  To me, this was like the Scooby Doo version of Mad Love, with a perfectly non-supernatural explanation at the end. I liked Mad Love so much better, though, and Lorre is so much better in it. He’s over the top here. And the production is bloated with a complicated set up for what’s actually a simple story.

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