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The Hand that Refused to Die


A gifted pianist is devastated by the loss of his hand as a result of an automobile accident. He is infuriated when he finds out that the amputation was unnecessary.



Air Dates

  • First Run - September 11, 1974
  • Repeat - November 1, 1974
  • Repeat - May 16, 1980





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10 Responses to Episode 0146

A concert pianist loses a hand after a car accident. He is angry and bitter when he finds out it might not have been necessary. The hand is pretty ticked too.

Jake Rattle

"The Hand That Refused to Die" had moments of greatness, but for the most part, it had so many side-stories that it was difficult to maintain interest. Murders were committted that were never solved conclussively. Still, it was entertaining. 3 stars.

Davy Joe

A concert pianist loses his right hand in a car accident. He is distraught and cannot bear to look at his piano again. His wife and his teacher/mentor try to cheer him up but it is a difficult task. His career seems to be over, the insurance company is balking at the large payout when the accident seemed to be his fault, and he is losing interest in living. His mentor tries to get him to see hope: that he can still teach. She even has a pupil in mind, they go to see him in performance and see a remarkable sight: the student’s right arm is drawn away from the piano and he plays the entire piece with only his left hand. The disfigured pianist is convinced that it was his own right hand that took over. Twin Episode: Death by Whose Hands March 26, 1974


[bring bring bring] "Hello, Anton? This is the police calling. Your amputated right hand just strangled your surgeon. Goodbye"

Ridiculous Police Call

I give props to Russell Horton for playing 2 characters, a doctor & a concert pianist. However, the voice of Carol Teitel (as Lottie Stern) sounded cliché for a character that believes in the supernatural, like an old gypsy. CBSRMT should've hired Jada Rowland to play that part (because her voice was genuine & serene from Ep.0790-A MESSAGE FROM SPACE) The suspense was building up at the end of ACT 1 when Anton Walburg (played by Mandel Kramer) heard that his severed right hand had strangled a person. Then it got better in ACT 2 when the hand started playing playing at the concert. At the 33-minute 46-second mark, you can hear computer beeps in the background. Unfortunately in ACT 3, the story slumped at the 42-minute mark when Anton Walburg verbally abuses his music student on how to play. I was expecting the mysterious hand to go on a killing spree, strangling anyone that would stand in Anton Walburg's way of his music career. But it ends on a happy note for our main character.


I agree with Buddy. The show hadn't even been on the air for a year yet, and they already repeated an episode. I am pleased that Anton learned to aceept his new role in life as a one-handed musician...but what about that murder? It was sort of forgotten about. Crime drama/morality play, reanimation.


Meh, they should have ran it as a murder mystery. "The hand that killed and wouldn't die." So I guess the FBI just dropped the case?? No follow-up. A bit lame and predictable.


Hmm, so all someone has to do to get away with murder is have their hand amputated and have it go on the killing spree for them and they can get away with it ("really officer, I haven't seen it in ages"). I think Mr. Lowthar was trying to do too much in this episode and could've cleaned it up better. Then again, he may have been under a time crunch to get it done.


I remember hearing this when I was at home, in Omaha, NE......age 14. It was bedtime and normally I would put a small radio underneath my pillow. The bed was facing east. The house is located on the 3500 block of Evans Street. The station was KLNG 1590.


Certain an auto accident has finished his career, celebrated concert pianist Anton Walburg spurns all suggestions that what he thinks impossible is possible — playing with one hand. But after several seemingly supernatural occurrences, Anton is enticed to attend the concert of a younger virtuoso whose right arm, in the middle of the performance, suddenly becomes paralyzed. Nonetheless, he continues playing all the notes with his left hand.


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