La Mano Della Morta (1949)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

La Mano Della Morta was released in certain English-speaking territories as The Dead Woman's Hand. It's a period melodrama, distinguished by Byzantine plot complications and operatic acting. The protagonist, played by Mery Martin, is an embittered young woman who hopes to avenge her mother's murder. All the usual trappings are in evidence, including poison, secret passages, hastily scribbled messages and sinister servants. It is quite possible that La Mano della Morta would have received no American release at all had it not been for the voracious appetites of the various TV "Late Late Shows" throughout the land.