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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

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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Storyline

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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Jolting Space Shocker! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Co-written by Joe Cranston, the father of actor Bryan Cranston. See more »

Goofs

When Steve Curan is talking to Barrenger in his office, he says "a murderer has been committed" rather than "a murder has been committed." See more »

Quotes

Deputy Earl Harrison: [about Paul] Ah he's a medical student; he's used to being around dead bodies.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Edited into FrightMare Theater: The Crawling Hand (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bird's the Word
Sung by The Rivingtons
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The Thing has escaped
28 September 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching The Crawling Hand tonight all I could think of was The Addams Family and The Thing which was guest starring in this film. The Thing should have received top billing.

It's hard to believe that so many name players were desperate for work to sign on to this film. An astronaut dies on a mission, but his severed hand takes on a life of its own and starts strangling people. And it possesses the mind of young Rod Lauren who is starting to show some homicidal tendencies.

People like Alan Hale, Jr. Peter Breck, Syd Saylor so many I know from many films just look downright embarrassed to be in this thing. And in the end, the security of NASA leaves something to be desired.

It's not even funny bad, just bad.


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