Tuesday, September 8, 2015

THRILLER: The Mark Of The Hand

Hosted by Boris Karloff
Guest Stars:  Mona Freeman, Jessie Royce Landis, Shepperd Strudwick, Rachel Ames, Judson Pratt
Directed by Paul Henreid
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

After a gunshot rings out within a house, the murder victim is found dead on the floor along with a little girl holding the gun.

Although a fairly well-paced mystery, with more than a few parallels to "The Bad Seed," the shocking novel/play/movie about a murderous little girl, the story suffers from some plot holes that aren't adequately filled in at the climax.  There are still fine performances all around, particularly from Pratt in a familiar role as a police detective.  Director Henreid, better known for his acting role in the classic Casablanca, acquits himself well here, with a memorably staged sequence in which Shepperd is told something by Pratt in the background while Freeman in the foreground tries to guess.

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