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The Hand (1960)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | October 1960 (UK)
A Police Inspector follows the trail and circumstances of the murder of a one-handed man back to a prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1946.


Henry Cass


Ray Cooney (screenplay), Tony Hilton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Bond ... Roberts / Roger Crawshaw
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Inspector Munyard
Reed De Rouen Reed De Rouen ... Michael Brodie
Ray Cooney Ray Cooney ... Sergeant David Pollitt
Reginald Hearne Reginald Hearne ... Noel Brodie
Tony Hilton Tony Hilton ... Police Sergeant Foster
Bryan Coleman Bryan Coleman ... George Adams
Harold Scott ... Charlie Taplow
Walter Randall ... Japanese Commander
Gwenda Ewen Gwenda Ewen ... Nurse Johns
Michael Moore Michael Moore ... Dr. Metcalfe
Ronald Wilson Ronald Wilson ... Doctor
Garard Green Garard Green ... Simon Crawshaw
Jean Dallas Jean Dallas ... Nurse Geiber
David Blake Kelly David Blake Kelly ... Marshall


A Police Inspector follows the trail and circumstances of the murder of a one-handed man back to a prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1946.

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Crime | Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

October 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hand - Sadisten und Verräter See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though World War II ended in 1945, the opening caption of The Hand reads "Burma 1946" as British troops fight the Japanese. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: BURMA 1946 See more »

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It should have been a lot more exciting....
13 December 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Hand" begins with a prologue in which three British soldiers were captured by the Japanese during WWII. They are being interogated and when the first two refuse to talk, the Japanese officer cuts off their hands.

The story then jumps to 1960. An old drunk is found in bad shape--his hand having just been amputated. The police are shocked when in the midst of the investigation, the man is killed! And, soon other folks bgin dying as they follow the trail.

This sounds like a very exciting film with all the amputations, but somehow the film misses the mark. Much of it is the rather pedestrian direction as well as the cheap feel to the movie. All I know is that is should have been much more exciting...and the ending less trite and downright stupid.

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