The original music score was composed by. In his 1982 autobiography My Last Sigh, director wrote that while at Warner Brothers dubbing films into Spanish 1942-1946, he submitted a story about a murderous disembodied hand, then moved to and re-started his career as director. The Beast With Five Fingers 1946 88 min Astrologist Hilary Cummins Peter Lorre works as a personal assistant to the eccentric and mostly paralyzed pianist, Francis Ingram Victor Francen. Ingram, outraged at the slander on his beloved's good name, tries to choke Cummins to death. Donald, too, is attacked and almost choked to death. A few days later, Raymond Arlington Donald's father arrives, determined to ensure that his son gets the inheritance.
The film was in by director as. Presented in its original full frame aspect ratio, it looks as though no major remastering was done this title. Country Language The Beast with Five Fingers is a directed by and with a screenplay by , based on a short story by first published in the New Decameron. An invalid, retired concert pianist living in a rural Italian villa dies mysteriously, leaving his considerable wealth to his private nurse in a newly drafted will. A taut, genuinely scary psychodrama which gave vent to Lorre's weird mannerisms and produced some marvelous special effects created by director Florey.
Following a visit from a scam artist Robert Alda , Ingram crashes down the stairs to his death -- and a plague of bizarre events ensues that are attributed to the musician's disembodied left hand. They discover the old will. Commissario Castanio begins to investigate. He locks the hand in a closet, but when Conrad and Holden appear to see what has happened — the hand has disappeared. Accompanied by a chilling score and startling sound effects, the hand stalks the hallucinating Lorre from behind books, across rooms, and out of boxes. Certainly the villagers and even the house staff believe so.
It was selected by Max Steiner because the story required a piece of music that could be performed by a pianist with only his left hand, and Steiner, who was born in Vienna and whose family were friendly with Brahms, rather than composing his own original piece, immediately recognized its potential in underscoring such a grim tale. He has retreated to the manor house for the past few years—seen by only a few close friends. Meanwhile, Donald Arlington remembers the combination and location of an old safe in the house, and Commissario Castanio and his father accompany him to the room where it is located. The much-played piece is a transcription for left hand by Warner Bros. The audience does not see if Ingram was pushed or he fell. These include his nurse, Julie Holden ; a and amateur astrologist , Hillary Cummins ; a friend, Bruce Conrad ; and his sister's son, Donald Arlington.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Beast with Five Fingers The Beast with Five Fingers movie poster Directed by Produced by William Jacobs Written by story Starring Music by Cinematography Wesley Anderson Editing by Distributed by Release date s December 25, 1946 Running time 88 min. When the will is contested by the pianist's. The hand attacks Cummins, but he is able to assuage the hand's quest for vengeance by giving the hand Ingram's signet ring. At night, strange happenings occur: everyone in the house hears the grand piano playing, victims are nearly strangled or end up dead, and at least one individual witnesses a menacing, severed hand! What is this supposed evil? Ingram suffered a stroke which left his right side immobile, and he has to use a wheelchair to get around. This was Warner Brothers' sole contribution to the horror genre in the 1940s--and one of the best of that period. An invalid, retired concert pianist living in a rural Italian villa dies mysteriously, leaving his considerable wealth to his private nurse in a newly drafted will. Commissario Castanio discovers a hidden record player and concludes that Cummins was playing it to scare people.
The Arlingtons try to search for the old will, while suspicion falls on Cummins after he tries to remove several expensive old books from the manor house. Following a visit from a scam artist Robert Alda , Ingram crashes down the stairs to his death -- and a plague of bizarre events ensues that are attributed to the musician's disembodied left hand. Is his ghost out for vengeance? Legendary Hungarian-American pianist Ervin Nyiregyhazi performed the music played by the severed hand. When Holden claims to have discovered the hand, Cummins becoming more and more mentally unhinged tries to burn it in the fire. That night, Duprex is murdered by an unseen assailant.
The film was in by director as. Ingram falls down the stairs, breaking his neck. October 2017 On , the film holds an approval rating of 89% based on 18 reviews, with a rating of 6. A nurse, Julie Holden Andrea King also lives at the Italian villa to help care for Ingram, who plays the piano with only his undamaged left hand. Lorre is sorely vexed at being cut out of the will and cut off from the villa which contains a tremendous library on astrology of which he is an obsessive student. Later that night, Ingram begins to suffer hallucinations from poison put in his food and drink. No matter what Lorre does to stop it--nailing it to a desk, throwing it into a fire--he cannot escape its final vengeance.
Country Language The Beast with Five Fingers is a directed by and with a screenplay by , based on a short story by first published in the New Decameron. The closeups of the disembodied and menacing hand were of Florey's very own five fingers. When the will is contested by the pianist's associates, the villa and its occupants are suddenly terrorized by an unknown creature which turns out to be the disembodied hand of the pianist which has been severed by Lorre, the rich man's personal secretary. . By which point, his mind had snapped, making him believe his own fabricated plot. The picture is generally good though, and black levels appear where they should be and whites looks proper without being blown out. Ingram has fallen in love with Julie Holden, and has changed his will so that she receives the vast bulk of his enormous estate when he dies.