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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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It Came From Outer Space! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »

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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

The setting of the film is Palms, California. The name "Palms" is possibly a tongue-in-cheek reference to the film's title character. See more »

Goofs

When the hand attacks our hero while he is driving the car you can clearly see the head of someone reaching over from the back seat. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Mel Lockhart: [shouting all of this] Push the red! KILL! Oh my god! Oh my god! Come on Steve! Help me! Help me! Push the red! Seventy thousand! Push Itttttt!
[Dr. Weitzberg pushes the red button]
Capt. Mel Lockhart: [explodsion]
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Crawling Hand (1989) See more »

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The Bird's the Word
Sung by The Rivingtons
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No acting, not allowed!
5 September 1999 | by Jared G.See all my reviews

This is a pretty typical piece of Sci-Fi tripe of the late 50's-early 60's period. With the assistence of the Skipper (Yep, Alan Hale) two scientists track down a rougue body part that takes over the mind of a local teen, Paul. The hand controls him through some "cosmic force" that goes unexplained. The hand/arm strangles the poor lad's toadlike landlady before taking over his mind. Paul is less successful in killing people, as he fails to kill both a sour soda shop keeper and his Swedish girlfriend.

Will Paul be able to defeat his foe? Or will he need the help of alley cats? "Dames like this ALWAYS got beer around".


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