CTVA US Anthology - "Hands Of Destiny" (DuMont)(1949-52)

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 Hands of Murder (7Oct49-7Apr50)
Hands of Destiny (14Apr50-30Jun50)
Hands of Mystery (8Sep50-18May51)
Hands of Destiny (25May51-3Apr52)

  Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive  
with contributions by: Rina Fox, Jim Beaver
references:
TV Guide / "Fifty Years of Television" by Vincent Torrence
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Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Writers Guild of America (wga)


 HANDS OF MURDER/ HANDS OF DESTINY / HANDS OF MYSTERY 
Dumont Network Television
Created by Lawrence Menkin
Producer James Caddigan
Director Frank Bunett
Written by Lawrence Menkin and Charles Speer

US Anthology Series 1949-52

Premise: A mystery/anthology series

*NOTE: Soon after it went on the air, "Hands of Murder" had been showered with warm
reviews by Variety and Billboard; sharp-tongued critics like Walter Winchell
had written words of approval of its camera work, its pulse rating, which had
started at 2, moved to 12 and kept right on going.

"Hands of Murder" first came on the air as an experiment. During last summer, Dumont's
"Program Playhouse" presented a different type of show each week, serving as a showcase for audience and sponsor
reaction. On one of these shows, "Hands of Murder" was presented. The reaction was almost unanimously favorable.

TRIVIA:
Originally entitled "Hands of Murder",
the series was retitled "Hands of Destiny" in April 1950.
In January, 1951, it was retitled "Hands of Mystery", and in April, 1951 it was again retitled "Hands of Destiny",
remaining as such until its final broadcast on 11 December 1951.

STORYLINE:
The accent is always on "why done it," rather than "who done it." Each of these murder mystery dramas,
complete in itself, presents an intense story of subjective, psychological terror.
Hands commit murder. But these hands merely obey the mind of the murderer.
Hands are the vehicle through which the depths of human passion are funnelled nto one final act of violence.
Therefore, this program presents one of the first murder mystery devices designed exclusively for television.

The television camera is utilized to its fullest extent, bringing to the audience close-ups into actual character,
motivation and conflict. With many scenes, plus tricky lighting and a minimum of settings, "Hands of Murder" gives
the impression of a rapid-fire, suspense-packed movie without the use of film. For example, a recent "Hands of Murder"
script called for 34 different scenes and more than 300 shots, and yet, not one set was used during the entire play!

NOTE: As the program took off, it began airing across the country on different days from Thursdays in the Midwest,
to Saturdays and Sundays on the West Coast.
 

 ##### Hands of Murder #####
########## Pilot ###########
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[00] Program Playhouse: Hands of Murder
31Aug1949 [Pilot]
Producer James Caddigan
Written by Lawrence Menkin and Charles Speer
Directed by Frank Bunetta
starring
John Kane
Philip Sterling
Charlotte Keane
Jim Boles
Harry Kadison
Nat Polen
Milt Herman
Stephen Elliot (as Steve Elliot)
Synopsis:
A man is subjected to extreme beatings and hounding by the thugs he owes money too. The man reaches his
breaking point and murders the loan shark. [RF]

Hands of Murder (7Oct49-7Apr50)

##### Hands of Murder #####
##### Season 1 1949-50 #####
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Dumont Network, Fridays

1.01 [--] Hands of Murder: THE RICHEST MAN IN THE CEMETRY
07Oct1949 Dumont Fri 8pm
starring
Peggy Lobbin

1.02 [--] Hands of Murder: SECRET LIFE OF A KILLER
14Oct1949 Dumont
starring
Marjorie Reynolds

1.03 [--] Hands of Murder: MEMO TO A KILLER
21Oct1949 Dumont
starring
Peggy Wagner
Haskell Coffin
Ruth White
Milton Herman

1.04 [--] Hands of Murder: STREET GANG
28Oct1949
starring
Jack Palance (as Walter Palance)
Ruth White
Al Ramsen

1.05 [--] Hands of Murder: MURDER MARKET
04Nov1949
starring
Dave Karman
Miriam Wolfe
Brook Byron

1.06 [--] Hands of Murder: THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER
11Nov1949
starring
Edward Andrews
Bruno Wick
Marilyn Monk
Earl Hammond
Boris Marshalov
Synopsis:
World War II refugee Karl Baumann runs into a man on the street who looks like Adolph Hitler. [RF]

1.07 [--] Hands of Murder: THE JEALOUS MURDER
18Nov1949

1.08 [--] Hands of Murder: THE MAN WHO LICKED THE CITY
25Nov1949
starring
Lewis Martin
Brook Byron

1.09 [--] Hands of Murder: STRANGER WITH A KNIFE
02Dec1949
starring
Hugh Franklin
Peggy Lobbin
Stephen Elliot (as Steve Elliot)

1.10 [--] Hands of Murder: A TIME TO DIE
09Dec1949
starring
John Randolph
Charlotte Keane
Dave Karman

1.11 [--] Hands of Murder: A ROOM FULL OF WATER
16Dec1949
starring
Henry Jones
Elliott Sullivan

1.12 [--] Hands of Murder: THE MAN WHO REFUSED TO DIE
23Dec1949
starring
Nick Dennis
Stephen Elliot (as Steve Elliot)

1.13 [--] Hands of Murder: ONE OF US MUST DIE
30Dec1949
starring
Donald Butka
Elliott Sullivan
Hugh Franklin

1.14 [--] Hands of Murder: THE FETISH
06Jan1950
starring
Nat Polen

1.15 [--] Hands of Murder: STOOL PIGEON
13Jan1950
starring
Ruth White
Stephen Elliot (as Steve Elliot)

1.16 [--] Hands of Murder: THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER
20Jan1950
starring
Bruno Wick .... Karl Baumann
*Note: This is a restaging of the episode previously aired 11Nov1949.

1.17 [--] Hands of Murder: THE VALLEY OF SHADOWS
27Jan1950
starring
Neva Patterson
Stephen Elliot (as Steve Elliot)

1.18 [--] Hands of Murder:  (no details)
03Feb1950

1.19 [--] Hands of Murder: DEATH OF A STRANGER
10Feb1950
starring
Jim Boles
Brook Byron

1.20 [--] Hands of Murder: THE MAN IN THE MIRROR
17Feb1950
starring
Stephen Elliot (as Steve Elliot)
Neva Patterson
Synopsis:
A former French Marquis sees the face of a dead compatriot reflected in every mirror, and hears the dead man's
voice accusing him of betrayal and vowing vengeance. The accused man attempts his escape. [RF]

1.21 [--] Hands of Murder: PROFESSIONAL GUNMAN
24Feb1950
starring
Joe Downing

1.22 [--] Hands of Murder: WOMAN CRAZY
03Mar1950
starring
Donald Curtis
Joy Geffen

1.23 [--] Hands of Murder: THE GIANT CAT
10Mar1950
starring
John Seymour
Carol Hill

1.24 [--] Hands of Murder: THE HIROSHIMA GHOST
17Mar1950
starring
Hugh Franklin
Mitchell Argus
Synopsis:
The tale of an American educated Japanese who is killed in the famed bombing and comes back as a ghost to
contact a scientist and discuss the effects of the blast. [RF]

1.25 [--] Hands of Murder: THE HUMAN MOTIVE
24Mar1950 DuMont Fri
starring
Hal Cooper
Sylvia Stone
Milton Herman

1.26 [--] Hands of Murder: THE SLEEPWALKER
31Mar1950 DuMont Fri
starring
Ruth White
Brandon Peters

1.27 [--] Hands of Murder: OF CRIME AND LOYALTY
07Apr1950 DuMont Fri
starring
Adelaide Klein

 

[--] Hands of Murder: title unknown
10Apr1950 [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis:
A spurious talent scout and an idealistic young actress are the principal characters in the theater killer-thriller.[RF]

Hands of Destiny (New Title)(14Apr50-30Jun50)

1.28 [--] Hands of Destiny: THE MAN WHO WAS BORED TO DEATH
14Apr1950 DuMont Fri
starring
Henry Jones
Marilyn Monk
Synopsis:
A man is murdered by another whom he has never seen. [RF]
*NOTE: Due to protests over the title of the series, the show was re-titled "Hands of Destiny". [LA Independent]

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE INVISIBLE DANCER
21Apr1950
starring
Mary Best
Jack Manning

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE FLYING SAUCERS
28Apr1950
Written by Charles Speer and Lawrence Menkin
Directed by Frank Bunetta
Music Lew White
starring
James Maloney
Ruth White
Bruno Wick
Richard Sanders
Frederick Draper
Ray Mulderick
Synopsis:
A professor is contacted thru telepathy by aliens traveling in space crafts made of light. Unfortunately
everyone believes the professor has lost his mind. [RF]

[--] Hands of Destiny: FLIRTING WITH FATE
05May1950
starring
Leo Carrillo

[--] Hands of Destiny: CRIME SMASHER
19May1950
starring
Gale Storm

[--] Hands of Destiny: PURPOSE OF HATE
26May1950
starring
Stephen Elliot (as Steve Elliot)
Beverly Whitney

[--] Hands of Destiny: MURDER BY ADOPTION
09Jun1950
starring
Charles Mendick
Leora Thatcher
Elizabeth Ross

[--] Hands of Destiny: RETURN TO LIFE
16Jun1950
starring
Elliott Sullivan
David Kerman
Stephen Elliot (as Steve Elliot)

[--] Hands of Destiny: TOO OLD TO LIVE
23Jun1950

[--] Hands of Destiny: A CHANCE TO BREATHE
30Jun1950

Hands of Mystery (New Title)(8Sep50-18May51)

 2.1 [--] Hands of Mystery: THE NECKLACE OF DEATH
08Sep1950
starring
Dick Hamilton
Tamar Cooper

2.2 [--] Hands of Mystery: DESCENT INTO VIOLENCE
15Sep1950
starring
Adelaide Klein
Synopsis:
The setting is a home where all the occupants are obsessed by the feeling that someone is trying to kill them.
When an attempt is made, the identification and solution of the killer and crime is "blocked by an attack of
amnesia suffered by the housekeeper. [RF]

2.3 [--] Hands of Mystery: MURDER MEETS ITS MATCH
22Sep1950
starring
Hugh Franklin
Alfred De Leo
Synopsis:
A killer is trapped because of a little match book. After committing the near-perfect crime the killer is
far from capture until the matches light the way to his arrest. [RF]

2.4 [--] Hands of Mystery: DEATH WITH FATHER
29Sep1950
starring
Ruth White

2.5 [--] Hands of Mystery: WATCH THE BIRDIE
06Oct1950
Synopsis:
A photographer whose camera is photographing subjects as they were five years previous, is called to "shoot"
a young couple, he finds some startling results upon developing the film. [RF]

2.6 [--] Hands of Mystery: I'LL PAY YOU BACK
13Oct1950
starring

2.7 [--] Hands of Mystery: SCHOOL SCANDAL
20Oct1950
starring

2.8 [--] Hands of Mystery: THE MAN WITH A HOLE IN HIS HEAD
27Oct1950
Synopsis:
Murder mixed with crooked dealings in a city administration brings forth "The Man With a Hole in His Head". [RF]

2.9 [--] Hands of Mystery: THE THIRD EYE
03Nov1950
starring
Jerome Thor

2.10 [--] Hands of Mystery: THE MASK OF VIOLENCE
10Nov1950
starring

2.11 [--] Hands of Mystery: DON'T GO OUT ALONE
17Nov1950
starring

2.12 [--] Hands of Mystery: (Episode Title Not Known)
24Nov1950
starring

2.13 [--] Hands of Mystery: BLOOD MONEY
01Dec1950
starring

2.14 [--] Hands of Destiny: MAN KILLER
08Dec1950
starring

2.15 [--] Hands of Mystery: THE CASE OF THE HUMAN CANNONBALL
15Dec1950
starring

2.16 [--] Hands of Mystery: PITY IN THE NIGHT
22Dec1950
starring
Donald Buka
Joy Geffen
Arny Freeman
Synopsis:
A reporter's search for the murderer of the community's leading citizen is confused by the dying man's
last words, "who would have dreamed it --- a Dr. Jekyll". [RF]

2.17 [--] Hands of Mystery: TRANSFER IN DEATH
29Dec1950
starring
Jerome Thor
Frances Reid (Died Feb 2010)
Isabel Price
Synopsis:
A woman is horrified that she may be responsible for her sister's demise. [RF]

[--] Hands of Mystery: THE MAN WHO HATED 1951
05Jan1951
starring
Robert Emhardt

[--] Hands of Mystery: THE CAMPUS KILLER
12Jan1951
starring
James J. Van Dyk

[--] Hands of Mystery: THE CLUE OF THE BLACK BUTTON
19Jan1951
starring
Hugh Franklin

[--] Hands of Mystery: THE PERFECT ROBBERY
26Jan1951
starring

[--] Hands of Mystery: THE GREEN RUBY
09Feb1951
Story by George Barr McCutcheon
starring
Melville Ruick
James Nolan

[--] Hands of Mystery: DEATH OF A BALLET DANCER
16Feb1951
starring

[--] Hands of Mystery: THE SMUGGLERS
23Feb1951
Story by James Brendan Connolly
starring
Stephen Elliot (as Steve Elliot)
Frankie Thomas (as Frank Thomas Jr.)

[--] Hands of Mystery: DISAPPEARING BRIDE
02Mar1951
starring
Frank Maxwell

[--] Hands of Mystery: THE MISSING UNCLE
09Mar1951
starring
Jeff Morrow
Stefan Schnabel

[--] Hands of Mystery: DEATH AND TAXES
16Mar1951
starring
Henry Sharpe
William A. Lee

[--] Hands of Mystery: THE MASQUERADING MING
23Mar1951
starring

[--] Hands of Mystery: TOO GOOD TO LIVE
30Mar1951
starring
Truman Smith

[--] Hands of Mystery: SUSPECT NUMBER ONE
06Apr1951
starring
Hugh Franklin

[--] Hands of Mystery: THE THIRD WIFE
13Apr1951
starring
Beverly Whitney
Raoul De Leon
Carol Hill

[--] Hands of Mystery: MURDER CALLS THE CLUE
20Apr1951
starring
Karl Weber

[--] Hands of Mystery: QUARTET OF MURDER
27Apr1951
starring
Edward Andrews

[--] Hands of Mystery: THE SMILING BUDDAH
04May1951
starring

[--] Hands of Mystery: THE THREAT
11May1951
starring


[--] 18May1951 - no details

Hands of Destiny (Reverts to Earlier Title) (25May51-3Apr52)

[--] Hands of Destiny: DEAD MEN TELL TALES
25May1951
starring
Gene Blakely

[--] Hands of Destiny: BY MOONLIGHT
01Jun1951
starring
Martin Brandt
Patricia Bruder

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE WINE GLASS
08Jun1951
starring

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE DAY I FORGOT
15Jun1951
starring

[--] Hands of Destiny: FLOWER IN THE FOG
22Jun1951
starring
Stephen Elliot (as Steve Elliot)

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE GAME
29Jun1951
starring
Isabel Price

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE STRANGE JOURNEY
06Jul1951
starring
Donald Murphy
Anna Minot

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE SQUEALER
13Jul1951
starring
Lewis Charles
Sydna Scott
Rusty Lane

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE LAST MAN WINS
20Jul1951
starring

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE FORBIDDEN FIELD
27Jul1951
starring
Brandon Peters

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE WATERFRONT
03Aug1951
starring
Robert Emhardt
Marian Seldes
Joe Downing

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE ARRANGEMENT
10Aug1951
starring
Lili Darvas

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE VACATION
17Aug1951

[--] Hands of Destiny: A BUSY SIGNAL
24Aug1951

[--] Hands of Destiny: FATAL ACCIDENT
31Aug1951

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE VISITOR
07Sep1951

[--] Hands of Destiny: LANE'S END
14Sep1951
starring
William Redfield
Ethel Remey (Ethel Remy)

##### Hands of Destiny #####
##### Season 3 1951-52 #####
############################
airdate changes for season 3

[--] Hands of Destiny: DOUBLE JEOPARDY
18Sep1951 Dumont Tue
starring
Alan Manson
Dorothy Steele

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE MAD ORDER BRIDE
25Sep1951 Dumont Tue
starring

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE GLASS HOUSE
02Oct1951 Dumont Tue
starring

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE EASY MARK
09Oct1951 Dumont Tue
starring
Ronald Alexander

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE RUBBER BALL
16Oct1951 DumontTue
starring
Richard Purdy

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE FATAL RECESS
23Oct1951 Dumont Tue   / (West Coast Delay: 24Nov1951 Dumont  Sat) [Long Beach Press Telegram]
starring
Mitchell Argus

[--] Hands of Destiny: HIGH IRON
30Oct1951 Dumont Tue
starring
Brian Keith (as Robert Keith Jr.)

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE BOOK MARK
06Nov1951 Dumont Tue  /  (West Coast Delay: 08Dec51 Dumont  Sat) [Long Beach Press Telegram)
starring
Dennis Patrick (as Dennis Harrison)
Wendy Drew
 
[--] Hands of Destiny: NO STRINGS FOR VENGEANCE
(West Coast Delay:  15Dec1951 Dumont Sat

[--] Hands of Destiny:
22Dec1951 Dumont Sat
pre-empted for Strike detail

[--] Hands of Destiny: MATCH LIGHT
05Jan1952 Dumont Sat
starring

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE ALLEY CAT
12Jan1952 Dumont Sat
starring
Richard W. Shankland

 


[--] Hands of Destiny:
19Jan1952 Dumont Sat

[--] Hands of Destiny:
26Jan1952 Dumont Sat

[--] Hands of Destiny: HELLO CAPTAIN
02Feb1952 Dumont Sat
Synopsis:
The tale of an ex-Air Force Captain who, since his return to civilian life, has lived with his guilt about an
ill-fated raid over Germany during which he was forced to bail out, leaving his co-pilot behind. The return
of the co-pilot years later, affects the captain and his family. [RF]

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE ALLEY CAT
09Feb1952 Dumont Sat
starring
Richard W. Shankland
Synopsis:
A cat seems to come between a man and his wife along with another man in a botched murder plot. They try to
poison the husband with some soup, but before he can partake of it the cat drinks it and dies. [RF]

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE GENERAL'S SWORD
16Feb1952 Dumont Sat

[--] Hands of Destiny: MY SON
28Feb1952 Dumont Thurs
Synopsis:
Pride of a lad leads him to try to make his own choices and his fahter's pride refuses to allow his son to
live his own life. [RF]

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE FLY
06Mar1952
starring
Ruth White
Synopsis:
The story of a woman patient at a mental hospital who hears a fly buzzing overhead. She is tricked into
believing she has undergone an operation to cure her. [RF]

[--] Hands of Destiny: THE OUTSIDER
13Mar1952
Synopsis:
A man goes beserk during a storm.

[--] Hands of Destiny: A GENTLE ARRANGEMENT
20Mar1952
starring
Ernest Truex
Ann Shoemaker
Synopsis:
The story deals with a seemingly happy married couple whose life suddenly changes and the wife makes a deal
to have him murdered "as gently as possible and without pain." [RF]

[--] Hands of Destiny: BLACKMAIL
27Mar1952
starring
Lauren Gilbert
Synopsis:
A quiet kindly doctor is the victim of a frameup and blackmail attempt.

[--] Hands of Destiny: WHAT DOTH IT PROFIT?
03Apr1952
starring
Lila Lee
Synopsis:
A man who decided position and prestige mean more than anything in the world to him. It takes a jolt to restore
his sense of value. [RF]

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