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Sunday Evening Show of Hands

Kid Dabb

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*8:00 PM* Hands of a Stranger (1962)

An experimental hand transplant leaves a pianist driven to kill.



Dir: Newt Arnold Cast: Paul Lukather , Joan Harvey , James Stapleton .



BW-86 mins, TV-PG,


*9:45 PM* Beast With Five Fingers, The (1946)

After a famous pianist's murder, his hand returns to wreak vengeance.



Dir: Robert Florey Cast: Robert Alda , Andrea King , Peter Lorre .



BW-89 mins, TV-PG, CC,



*11:30 PM* Mad Love (1935)

A mad doctor grafts the hands of a murderer on to a concert pianist's wrists.



Dir: Karl Freund Cast: Peter Lorre , Frances Drake , Colin Clive .



BW-68 mins, TV-PG, CC,



*12:45 AM* Hands of Orlac, The (1925)

An experimental graft gives an injured concert pianist the hands of a murderer.




BW-113 mins, TV-14,

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I saw *Hands of a Stranger* before. Not too bad, and some good music in it, if only for bits and pieces.



Could have been better if put in more capable hands.



Gotta hand it to them, though. Doing the whole night with a light hand.



All it needs is to end with *Cool Hand Luke* , or *Fast Times at Ridgemont High* , in which Ray Walston plays Mr. Hand!



And to think, It'll all be shown DIGITALLY!






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Hands of a Stranger was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a turkey after checking the cast, but this film worked. The acting was decent (Larry Haddon in particular), the script was pretty good, and the director had some interesting ideas. I especially liked all the imagery at the carnival. I also liked that we never found out the identity of the original owner of the hands.


My only complaint is that if you're going to toss Irish McCalla into the movie, at least give us a gratuitous shower scene.

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Let's have a big hand for TCM's programmers--one film was missing that would have completed the evening: Mel Ferrrer's 60's remake of the Hands of Orlac with Christopher Lee and the underappreciated Dany Carrel. A really wonderful piece of B&W Euro-sleaze that belonged in this line-up.

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