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The Clutching Hand (1936)



The Clutching Hand

aka The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand

(1936)

Action / Mystery / Serial

305 minutes

Directed by Albert Herman

Cast:

Jack Mulhall as Craig Kennedy 
Rex Lease as Walter Jameson 
Mae Busch as Mrs. Paul Gironda 
Ruth Mix as Shirley McMillan 
William Farnum as Inspector Gordon Gaunt 
Marion Shilling as Verna Gironda 
Bryant Washburn as Dr. Denton 
Robert Frazer as Dr. Paul Gironda   
Gaston Glass as Dr. Louis Bouchard 
Mahlon Hamilton as Montgomery  
Robert Walker as Joe Mitchell  
Yakima Canutt as Number Eight - Garage-Owner and Chauffeur Thug / Bar-Brawling Sailor 
Joseph W. Girard as Cromwell
Frank Leigh as Wickham - Gironda's Butler aka Major Courtney 
Jon Hall aka Charles Locher as Frank Hobart 

The Clutching Hand is a 15-episode serial based on the final Craig Kennedy novel of the same name by Arthur B. Reeve. In it the famous detective is assigned to solve the disappearance of Dr. Paul Gironda, a scientist who has developed a formula for synthesizing gold but vanishes before he has a chance to reveal it to his board of directors.  It appears that Gironda is being held prisoner by Craig Kennedy's old foe, the Clutching Hand.

It was the last Craig Kennedy serial and the only one to be filmed as a talkie. One of the criminals, Hobart, is played by Charles Locher, who is better known nowadays as Jon Hall.  The Clutching Hand is a faceless presence apparently played by Bud Geary, an actor who was frequently cast in such roles, and voiced by Robert Frazer.

Chapters:

Chapter 1 - Who is the Clutching Hand?

Chapter 2 - Shadows

Chapter 3 - House of Mystery

Chapter 4 - The Phantom Car

Chapter 5 - The Double Trap

Chapter 6 - Steps of Doom

Chapter 7 - The Invisible Enemy

Chapter 8 - A Cry in the Night

Chapter 9 - Evil Eyes

Chapter 10 - A Desperate Chance

Chapter 11 - The Ship of Peril

Chapter 12 - Hidden Danger

Chapter 13 - The Mystic Menace

Chapter 14 - The Silent Spectre

Chapter 15 - The Lone Hand




Directors:
Actors: Yakima Canutt, William Farnum, Jon Hall, Rex Lease, Jack Mulhall, Robert Walker
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Matinee Classics - The Clutching Hand starring Jack Mulhall, Rex Lease, Mae Busch, Ruth Mix, William Farnum, Marion Shilling, Bryant Washburn, Robert Frazer, Gaston Glass, Mahlon Hamilton, Robert Walker, Yakima Canutt, Joseph Girard, Frank Leigh and Jon Hall
Matinee Classics - The Clutching Hand starring Jack Mulhall, Rex Lease, Mae Busch, Ruth Mix, William Farnum, Marion Shilling, Bryant Washburn, Robert Frazer, Gaston Glass, Mahlon Hamilton, Robert Walker, Yakima Canutt, Joseph Girard, Frank Leigh and Jon Hall


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