The Hand (1960 film)
The Hand is a 1960 British horror film directed by Henry Cass and written by Ray Cooney and Tony Hilton. The film is memorable for its nightmarish premise and opening scene that belies its censorship certificate.
|Directed by||Henry Cass|
|Written by||Ray Cooney|
|Produced by||Bill Luckwell|
Reed De Rouen
|Cinematography||Walter J. Harvey|
|Edited by||Robert Jordan Hill|
|Music by||Wilfred Burns|
|Distributed by||Butcher's Film Service|
The story begins during the Burma campaign (mislabeled as '1946'), in which three captured British soldiers are threatened with torture if they refuse to divulge military information. Two refuse and have their hands chopped off.
Some time later, in post-War London, a gentleman of the night is found with his hand surgically removed and £500 in his pockets. This begins a criminal investigation, returning the plot to the opening situation.
- Derek Bond as Roberts / Roger Crawshaw
- Reed De Rouen as Michael John Brodie
- Bryan Coleman as George Adams
- Walter Randall as Japanese commander
- Tony Hilton as Police Sgt. Paul Foster
- Harold Scott as Charlie Taplow
- Ray Cooney as Sgt. David Pollitt
- Gwenda Ewen as Nurse Johns
- Michael Moore as Dr. Metcalfe
- Ronald Leigh-Hunt as Inspector Munyard
- Ronald Wilson as Doctor
- Garard Green as Dr. Simon Crawshaw
- Jean Dallas as Nurse Geiber
- David Blake Kelly as Jay Marshall
- Reginald Hearne as Noel Brodie
- Madeleine Burgess as Mrs. Brodie
Britmovie wrote, "this Ray Cooney scripted post-war revenge thriller opens promisingly enough but soon all tension and mystery is lost due to the predictable plot development and clumsy editing" ;  while Unseen Films wrote, "this is a neat little film that never fully makes 100% sense...I liked this movie a great deal. It's far from perfect, but it does hold your attention."