The Crawling Hand
The Crawling Hand is a 1963 American science fiction horror film directed by Herbert L. Strock, and starring Peter Breck, Kent Taylor, Rod Lauren, Alan Hale and Allison Hayes It was later featured on the television shows Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and The Canned Film Festival.
|The Crawling Hand|
|Directed by||Herbert L. Strock|
|Produced by||Joseph F. Robertson|
|Screenplay by||Wm. Idelson and|
Herbert L. Strock
|Based on||from an original story by|
and Rod Lauren
|Music by||no credit|
|Cinematography||Willard Van der Veer|
|Edited by||Herbert L. Strock|
A Joseph F. Robertson Production
|Distributed by||Donald J. Hansen Enterprises|
The hand of an exploded astronaut takes on a life of its own. Near a spacecraft crash site, a naive young med student discovers a disembodied hand and takes it home as a grisly souvenir. He is not aware that the hand is possessed by a strange, murderous alien who gradually begins to take over the hapless med student. One by one, townsfolk are found mysteriously strangled to death. In the end, a heroic and hungry cat saves the rest of the town.
- Peter Breck as Steve Curan
- Kent Taylor as Dr. Max Weitzberg
- and Rod Lauren as Paul Lawrence
- Alan Hale as Sheriff Townsend
- Allison Hayes as Donna
- introducing Sirry Steffen as Marta Farnstrom
- special thanks to Arline Judge as Mrs. Hotchkiss
- Richard Arlen as Lee Barrenger
- Tristam Coffin as Security Chief Meidel
- Ross Elliott as Deputy Earl Harrison
- G. Stanley Jones as Funeral Director
- Jock Putnam as Ambulance Attendant
- Andy Andrews as Ambulance Attendant
- Syd Saylor as Soda Shop Owner
- Ed Wermer as Prof. Farnstrom
- Beverly Lunsford as Patsy Townsend
- Les Hoyle
Note: character names are not indicated in on-screen credits.
In other mediaEdit
Rick Moody's novel The Four Fingers of Death, released in July 2010 by Little, Brown and Company, is a metafictional novelization of a 2025 remake of The Crawling Hand (which means that Moody's fictional 'novelization' is set in a future very different from that of the 1963 film).
- Vandergriff, Rick (September 5, 1990). "Aspiring Mogul Back in Action Film". Los Angeles Times. p. F1. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- Internet Movie Database[better source needed]
- Robinson, Johnny (November 2, 1963). "Next Week's Films". Lewiston Evening Journal. p. 4-A. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- Margulies, Lee (June 10, 1986). "'Canned Film Festival' on TV, Worst of the Big Screen On Its Way". Los Angeles Times. p. 10. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- Martin, Clancy (August 6, 2010). "Book Review - The Four Fingers of Death - By Rick Moody". The New York Times.