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The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Andrea King, Peter Lorre Robert Alda  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andrea King, Peter Lorre Robert Alda
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive Collection
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FJYXP36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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!

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD October 16, 2013
Format:DVD
Director Robert Florey's 'THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS'-1946 finally gets a DVD release from Warner Archive's DVD-R collection. Shown sporadically on Turner Classic Movies, it finally allows access to one of actor Peter Lorre's best roles as secretary to a famed concert pianist played sinisterly by venerable Victor Francen who at his death leaves everything to his pretty niece played by Andrea King causing Lorre to have murder on the mind and suddenly seeing the pianist's hand turning up at the most inopportune times. Actor Robert Alda plays the (is he or isn't he?) good guy and the great character actor J. Carrol Naish plays the inspector slinking around the mansion spewing wise cracks. The film emerges as an eerie excursion of guilt ridden terror and is let down by a humorous ending. The cinematography by Wesley Anderson enhances the proceedings showing how Director Florey should have had a better reputation in the Horror field. He and Lorre also collaborated in the underrated masterpiece 'THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK'-1941 which as yet has not seen a digital release. Warner Archive releases 'BEAST' in a nice transfer showing off the atmosphere of the proceedings but no extras. Although the price is a bit steep, it deserves to be in every classic Horror fans collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic from the old SciFi Mystery Theater days. November 23, 2013
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It's funny how this purchase came about. I was talking to a co worker about this movie not being available and within days Warner Brothers released it, however, it was more expensive than Amazon's price. This copy is very clean with perfect audio.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally on dvd! November 30, 2013
By John
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Lovely sharp print of this long-impossible-to-find minor gem. Like quite a few films of this period it's weakened (at the start) by rather too much light comedy, & so isn't a classic in the way say the Val Lewton b-movies are. However, Peter Lorre's performance is great, and the last half-hour (of an hour & 25 minutes) is really atmospheric, & the creeping hand effects are (in the main) really very good indeed. No extras to speak of - just the original trailer (how lumpy trailers used to be!) which has an enjoyably histrionic tone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old eerie classic holds up. November 10, 2013
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I saw this movie on TV I was maybe 8-9 yrs old. This was scary good fun at that age. Saw they finally released on DVD and purchased right away. Still a very atmospheric film and eerie. A movie does not have to be bloody to be good. Peter Lorrie is great in the role as the personal secretary/assistant. As usual you never know what he's up to. I feel its a classic of it's time and very pleased with my purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD for this classic masterpiece! November 7, 2013
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Hooray, finally on DVD! I agree with another reviewer who stated "A superb and atmospheric early horror film with fine acting, super effects, tight script and haunting soundtrack". Our younger movie viewers who are accustomed to high levels of gore and large-scale CGI in current movies may find "Beast" old fashioned and maybe a bit silly (and it's in B&W), but this movie shows what great writing and acting can do for a "B" type movie. If anyone is familiar with the great classic Warner Brother's Bugs Bunny cartoons, you may remember a recurring character of a psychopathic mad doctor that was based on Peter Lorre. Most of this character was based on Lorre's character in Beast With Five Fingers. This is a classic and wonderfully eerie movie that any fan of bygone suspense or horror movies should have in their collection. By the way, for some reason Warner Brother's burns this movie onto a DVD-R disc seemingly on an as-ordered basis. My DVD looks stunning and plays without issues. My previous DVD was one that I burned from VHS that I recorded from Turner Classic Movies channel which was horrible quality. On the Warner Brother's home website it states that "Beast" has been remastered, and it certainly looks like it. Good job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for Peter Lorre fans December 19, 2013
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This is a small film generally overlooked. It has style and atmosphere though and worth seeing. For Peter Lorre fans it will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD IMAGE. FUN FILM. January 2, 2014
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"It was da hand!" The special effects alone are enough to keep this film alive. YOU try to figure out how they did it. I've always had a soft spot in my head for this movie. Peter Lorre is deliriously wonderful and the movie is very atmospheric. Buy it and have some fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
It's okay
Published 2 days ago by Cristobal R. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance by Lorre
I had this on videotape for years waiting for the day, so it's arrived and although the dvd isn't exactly a major upgrade, it's worth it to have on dvd rather than continuing with... Read more
Published 21 days ago by See Em Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars What a NOSTALGIC trip...!!!
The last time I saw this movie was at night, at home and at the tender age of 7 or 8...57 years ago. I completely forgot about the give-away ending but who cares? Read more
Published 3 months ago by RAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Lorre at his best!
This is the one where Lorre does his always copied laugh. The piano music is great - all for one hand.
Published 4 months ago by Sandy Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine movie, at last in DVD !!
Thanks to all people that made possible the release of this film in DVD. It was very hard to find and I was looking for it since many years ago. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. M. JUAREZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Lorre doing another great job.
One of the old black and white movies, that I found hard to find in a good condition on DVD. This transfer has a bright and clear presentation. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Valerie A. Roux
4.0 out of 5 stars The beast on dvd at last !
First off this is a very good movie, with Peter Lorre giving another memorable performance. This creepy who done it should hit the spot with psychological horror buffs, is the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by kent koch
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