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The Devil's Hand (1962)


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A man dreams of another woman, not his fiance. When visiting a doll shop with his fiance he is handed a doll with the face of the girl in the dream.

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  • Actors: Linda Christian, Robert Alda, Ariadna Welter, Neil Hamilton, Gere Craft
  • Directors: William J. Hole Jr.
  • Writers: Jo Heims
  • Producers: Alvin K. Bubis, Dave Carney, Harris Gilbert, Jack Miles, Nick Newberry
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W8X1QU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Devil's Hand (1962)" on IMDb

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Kind of boring for me.
keyturner
On a return trip to the shop with his girl Donna, he discovers another doll that looks just like his fiancée. You're thinking voodoo, aren't you?
Daniel Jolley
As it turns out, the dancer is a real person, Bianca Milan (How to Seduce a Playboy's Linda Christian), who has ties to a nefarious cult.
Robert Beveridge

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2006
Format: DVD
The Devil's Hand was one of the earlier films to deal with the subject matter of devil-worship, but don't expect anything too shocking in this surprisingly good 1961 suspense thriller (alas, there's no blood or nudity whatsoever). Robert Alda stars as Rick, a mild-mannered fellow heading for a seemingly idyllic life with his fiancée Donna (Ariadna Welter). Then he starts dreaming about an attractive blonde who comes to haunt him both day and night. Walking around one sleepless evening, he comes upon a doll shop with a doll in the window that looks exactly like the girl in his dreams. The mystery deepens when the doll maker speaks to him by name and informs him that he is the one who ordered the custom-made doll. On a return trip to the shop with his girl Donna, he discovers another doll that looks just like his fiancée. You're thinking voodoo, aren't you? If you aren't, you should be - even though it's passed off as witchcraft in the story. The mystery blonde witch, Bianca (Linda Christian) soon makes stronger contact with Rick, and all it takes is a little smooching to make Rick declare his love and agree to join Bianca in her worship of the devil-god Gamba. It's not easy being a Gamba worshipper, as each full moon means a loyalty test for one of the flock. For those Gamba deems unworthy, it's the end of the line.

Rick walks a fine line of loyalty to his new god, never quite forgetting Donna, who has been hexed right into the local hospital. Donna, as you might expect, makes for the ultimate loyalty test for Gamba's newest novitiate. It's all fairly predictable, but there's just something about The Devil's Hand that makes it more interesting than it has any right to be. A lot of it, I think, has to do with Neil Hamilton's performance as the leader of the Gamba cult - then again, maybe it's just the fact that it took me the whole movie to figure out why his face was so familiar - he went on to play Commissioner Gordon on TV's Batman.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Byrd on October 31, 2010
Format: DVD
Disclaimer: This film is included in The Gorehouse Greats Collection, which is the version I watched. I can't comment on the quality of this particular product offered on this page - my review is concerned only with the entertainment value of the film.

The dreams of soon-to-be-married Rick Turner are haunted by the beautiful Bianca (the exotic and full-figured siren Linda Christian), a temptress with strange powers, who eventually woos him away from his pretty but somewhat dumpy fiancee Donna (Ariadna Welter), and introduces him to the mysteries of the cult of the great devil-god Gamba. But the perks that come as a by-product of devil worship also come with hidden costs. When the final test of loyalty comes for Rick, will he choose the devil-god or will he choose to keep his soul?

I have to admit I liked this film. Many years ago, there used to be a Saturday afternoon mock-horror host called 'The Son of Svengoolie' out of Chicago who played flicks like this - goofy, kooky horror movies that MIGHT be just a tad bit better than the Mystery Science Theater 3000 turkeys. Whether it's MST3K fodder or not is splitting hairs - it's definitely B-grade horror, but the actors do a good job, and you can find a lot worse to look at than Linda Christian on a Saturday afternoon. Especially quirky is Neil Hamilton (who would go on to play Comissioner Gordon on the old Batman TV series) as the high priest of the devil cult. He plays it straight, but he's not the first face that leaps to mind when considering someone involved in human sacrifice.

Still, the storyline isn't too complex.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 31, 2005
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For fans of B-grade horror films, THE DEVIL'S HAND is a rare treat. The story is about a mild-mannered guy called Rick (Robert Alda), happily engaged to pretty Donna (Ariadna Welter). But Rick begins to have strange dreams involving a mysterious woman who beckons to him. And whilst browsing the window of a doll shop, he sees a doll that looks just like his dream girl. The woman soon reveals herself as Bianca (Linda Christian), a stunning blonde with an hourglass figure and killer wardrobe. Bianca draws Rick into an underground voodoo cult called Gamba.

For fans of B-starlet Linda Christian, this film is fantastic. Ariadna Welter, Christian's sister in real life, is lovely in one of her rare American horror films (she was a regular scream queen in Mexican productions). Stage veteran Robert Alda adds a great dimension to his role, and the character's psychological dilemma is well played-out. THE DEVIL'S HAND offers a few fun thrills. Alpha's DVD offers a watchable print in addition to the trailer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2014
Format: DVD
Co-starring in THE DEVIL'S HAND (1961) is one-time leading man Neil Hamilton, who later in life was Inspector Gordon on the campy TV superhero classic, BATMAN. Here he's a doll shop owner by day, leader of a devil worshipping cult at night. Top billed is Robert Alda, Alan's dad, who resembles his son maybe in the sloping forehead and prominent brow. Alda gets caught up in the cult when he's bewitched by its main female, played by Linda Christian. Linda's hold over him is so total, Alda splits with his longtime girlfriend, whose lookalike doll becomes victim of a hoodoo needle to the left ventricle.

Despite pedestrian acting here, Christian was one smart cookie, fluent in seven languages.
Too bad she couldn't deliver her lines in a more believable way in this lox.

One of my all-time favorite hefties, Bruno VeSota, late of the Roger Corman 'B' picture factory,
has little to do in his 10th-billed role. Another reason to skip "Devil's Hand" altogether.

A two star rating is only for crisp b&w cinematography, otherwise I'd rate this a zero.
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