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Hands of a Stranger (1962)

Passed | | Horror | 22 April 1962 (USA)
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A concert pianist loses his hands in a car crash, but a surgeon gives him new ones. The experimental medical procedure goes awry when the new hands drive the pianist mad.

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Newt Arnold (as Newton Arnold)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Lukather ... Dr. Gil Harding
Joan Harvey ... Dina Paris
James Noah ... Vernon Paris (as James Stapleton)
Irish McCalla ... Nurse Holly
Barry Gordon ... Skeet
Ted Otis ... Dr. Ross Compton
Michael Rye Michael Rye ... George Britton
Laurence Haddon Laurence Haddon ... Police Lt. Syms (as Larry Haddon)
Elaine Martone Elaine Martone ... Eileen Hunter
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... Tony Wilder
Michael Du Pont Michael Du Pont ... Dr. Ken Fry (as Michael du Pont)
Sally Kellerman ... Sue
David Kramer David Kramer ... Carnival Barker
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Storyline

A surgeon must graft new hands on a concert pianist to replace his badly mangled ones. However, after the operation, the pianist comes to believe that his new hands have a mind of their own, and are trying to force him to commit evil acts. Written by Anonymous

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THEY GAVE HIM THE HANDS OF A KILLER! (all original print ads and posters-all caps) See more »

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Answer See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Completed in 1960, but not released until 1962. See more »

Goofs

(at around 47 mins) The pianist hits the piano keys in frustration in the treble register. However, we hear the sound of the lower, bass, register instead. See more »

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and introducing BARRY GORDON as Skeet See more »

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Version of The Hands of Orlac (1924) See more »

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How's Your Mother
Composed by John Mosher Played by Red Norvo Quintet (as Red Norvo Quintette) (Red Norvo, Jerry Dodgion, Jimmy Wyble, John Markham, Red Wootten)
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Lackluster version of the "hands" that had a mind of their own...
2 September 2012 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

A talky script and some overacting in key scenes doesn't help put the viewer in the right frame of mind to enjoy this oft told story of hands that are sewn onto a pianist after he loses use of his hands in an accident.

Nobody in the cast has any "name" value and I see that in many of these reviews people are confusing the leading male characters by crediting the wrong names of the actors.

For clarification, it's James Stapleton who plays the pianist with a sensitive but expressionless face. His looks are reminiscent of Hurd Hatfield's in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" who also kept a mask-like facial expression. The doctor is played with slightly more animation by Paul Lukather and has a more sympathetic role. The victimized Stapleton resents the doctor's surgery to the extent that he becomes arrogant and spiteful enough to emerge a killer.

Some of the B&W photography is in the film noir category but everyone is let down by an uninspired script and less than polished direction.


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