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Please contact me if you have a copy of this film. I'm interested in obtaining for my personal collection.
I have this movie on dvd.share
I am watching this movie right now on the Fox Movie Channel.share
I was channel surfing a little while ago and caught some of it on the Fox Movie Channel, too. I wound up missing the end!!
I have very vague memories that the whole thing was a hoax, but I can't remember the details. The last part I caught earlier was when Don Murray's character was trying to figure out how someone could make the wax hand with fingerprints THAT quickly without the others in the room realizing it.
I have a request for spoilers: How did the person or persons create that wax hand so fast? Who was it trying to perpetrate the hoax on poor Ray Milland's character and his wife? Was it someone trying to bilk them out of money?
If you caught the whole thing and know the answers to the above, please let me know. THANKS!!!
I haven't seen this movie for at least 20 years but it made a big impression on me. I'll try to answer some of your questions. Yes the whole thing was a hoax. Ray Milland as the grieving father was working on some kind of government warfare project. Ivor Barry and Barbara Dana were spies who were out to get him. They decided to try to drive him truly crazy so he'd have to resign the project or possibly defect. They hired a child to pose as his daughter (like when he was driving down the road and saw her in the headlights), who looked enough like his daughter that at a distance he wouldn't know the difference. Don Murray plays an ESP scientists who tries to help Milland. To be honest I don't remember how they made the wax hand but I'm sure it was explained in the movie. Milland's character already felt guilty of his daughter's death because he was driving the car when they had the accident and she was killed. As I said it's been years since I saw it and I think I have the corract characters who were the spies -- Ivor Barry and Barbara Dana. Hope this helps a little. This movie was based on a book by Paul Gallico called "The Hand of Mary Constable" written in the late 1960's. You may be able to find a library copy or one on half.com That may answer your questions too.share
Oh wow, how great of you to answer!
I just checked online at my local library for the book you mention, but unfortunately they don't appear to have it. However, it looks like folks are selling copies on eBay and Amazon. Thanks for the tip about www.half.com, too.
It's funny how a movie you saw years ago (and only once) can linger with you, isn't it? The image of the wax hand in the bowl of water stuck with me over the years, I don't know why.
Thanks so much for responding, I do appreciate it!
Don Murray's character figures out that the wax hand was accomplished by one of the conspirators at the sceance inflating a latex glove etched with the girl's finger prints, dipping it into the hot wax and then leaving it in the fish bowl. By letting the air out they could extract the glove from the newly formed wax hand and leave it floating in the water. Pretty clever trick, eh?share
Geez...*very* clever trick. Almost impossible to believe it would work, too.
Thanks for clearing that up, I appreciate it!!
just thought I would clear up one mistake in your posting, Don Murray was not a spy and was not involved in the hoax. Murray's character actually was the one to discover it was a hoax. The characters that were spies were suppose to be father and daughter (but weren't) and they were played by Barbara Dana & Ivor Barry.
I have the movie on video but haven't watched it in a couple of years, but I do recall the 'spies' were trying to get Ray Milland to stop some experiments or something connected with his job for the government. It was supposedly his dead daughter coming to him and telling hime to stop what he was doing, being part of the plan and hoax perpertrated by Dana and Barry.
The spies were trying to get Ray Milland's character to defect to Russia.share
I haven’t seen this film in 40 years, and while I realize that is a long time ago, I still wish to make express what little I remember.
Every hoax in the end was readily explained, with the exception of the wax hand. It gave the impression that the ghost-daughter really did pay a visit.
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