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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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Release Date:

October 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hand - Sadisten und Verräter See more »

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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?


The police car with Munyard and Pollitt in, pulls up in the street when they go to interview Brodie. However, when they return to the car, it's a studio set which bears little relationship to the area where the car was originally parked on the actual road. Additionally, it was a cloudy day as they walked to the house, but the studio lights cast deep shadows on the wall as passersby walk past the car. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: BURMA 1946 See more »

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THE HAND (Henry Cass, 1960) **
23 February 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I was expecting this to be a horror film of the disembodied hand variety (as would be the case with its 1981 namesake, which, incidentally, I watched fairly recently); instead, it's an eccentric, cheap but surprisingly tolerable Edgar Wallace-type policier which, for its modest length (running barely over an hour), turns out to have an unnecessarily complex plot – wherein myriad characters (many of them having lost the titular body part) are involved with organ-trafficking, impersonation, suicide, murder and the like!

The plot has a WWII Burma-set prologue in which three British soldiers are captured by the Japanese; the latter seek to learn the position and number of the opposing Allied forces and, to this end, two of the prisoners suffer the loss of a hand. Then, we cut to the present day, where it transpires that the third had turned cowardly – so his companions' sacrifice was in vain – and, rather than having the maimed duo seeking the traitor out for revenge, it is he who's still persecuting them! The finale, however, sees the villain getting his just desserts in a most ironic (yet totally predictable) fashion.

Investigating the weird goings-on are a couple of Scotland Yard detectives; bafflingly, one of the most frustrating aspects to this intriguing but ultimately unsatisfying film is the peculiar fact that a lot of the male actors here boast strikingly similar physiognomies and, so as not to get hopelessly confused, one has to keep reminding himself of just who the various characters are and what they represent!

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