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The Crawling Hand (1963)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 24 February 1966 (Mexico)
The hand of a dead astronaut comes crawling back from the grave to strangle the living

Director:

Herbert L. Strock

Writers:

Bill Idelson (screenplay) (as Wm. Idelson), Herbert L. Strock (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Breck ... Steve Curan
Kent Taylor ... Dr. Max Weitzberg
Rod Lauren ... Paul Lawrence
Alan Hale Jr. ... Sheriff Townsend (as Alan Hale)
Allison Hayes ... Donna
Sirry Steffen ... Marta Farnstrom
Arline Judge ... Mrs. Hotchkiss
Richard Arlen ... Lee Barrenger
Tristram Coffin ... Security Chief Meidel (as Tristam Coffin)
Ross Elliott ... Deputy Earl Harrison
Stan Jones ... Funeral Director (as G. Stanley Jones)
Jock Putnam Jock Putnam ... Ambulance Attendant
Andy Andrews Andy Andrews ... Ambulance Attendant
Syd Saylor ... Soda Shop Owner
Edward Wermel Edward Wermel ... Prof. Farnstrom
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After an astronaut space capsule is detonated in orbit, a teenager finds a severed arm among wreckage on earth. Soon the thing returns to life to murder and posses the young man's mind. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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It Came From Outer Space! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Burt Reynolds screen-tested twice for the role as teen character Paul Lawrence, but reportedly performed so woodenly that he was not chosen. See more »

Goofs

When the hand attacks our hero while he is driving the car you can clearly see the head of someone reaching over from the back seat. See more »

Quotes

[Paul falls while they run across the beach]
Marta Farnstrom: [laughs] Are you hurt?
Paul Lawrence: Nah, only my pride...
Marta Farnstrom: Poor boy! The sensitive male ego - so easily wounded.
Paul Lawrence: I think now I know the secret of how to be successful with a woman.
Marta Farnstrom: You do? Tell me.
Paul Lawrence: You have to be weak, pathetic, and they feel sorry for you!
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Alternate Versions

Sirry Steffen did a nude scene for foreign markets. See more »

Connections

Featured in Horror Incorporated: The Crawling Hand (1963) (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bird's the Word
Sung by The Rivingtons
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What a Grip!
13 January 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Delightful hokum from the early sixties and the directorial seat of Herbert Strock. A space flight to the moon brings back the dead body of a man who warns his space station to kill him...and the thing that has partially possessed his body. The man is literally blown to bits on his return flight home, but one lone appendage happens to make it intact to the beaches of California. That's right.....THIS is the Crawling Hand! Two teenagers, very well-versed in science and knowing about these manned flights to the moon, come across the hand. Rod Lauren as a teenaged scientist takes the hand home for scientific glory, but soon becomes a pawn in the hand's quest for murder and body possession. This film has many faults and you will laugh your hands off(okay it's a cheap pun) at the film's bad acting, cheap sets, and incredibly inept scientific logic. But make no mistake....this is a fun film to watch and has a lot of charm. The make-up of the people strangled by the hand is pretty chilling and Allison Hayes and Alan Hale(the Skipper) have some fun in their roles. One scene that really stands out is a hand's on strangle of a soda shop owner with a juke box playing menacingly in the backdrop. I'm sure some statement of misbegotten youth was being made.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1966 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Creeping Hand See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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