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Collector's Item: The Left Fist of David (1957)

Mr. Prentiss is an appraiser at his firm, the House of Prentiss. He is about to go to Florida to appraise a vast collection of a recently deceased collector, Van der Locken, when he ... See full summary »


Buzz Kulik


Herb Meadow (teleplay)


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Credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Henry Prentiss
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Munsey
Whitney Blake ... Prentiss & Munsey's Secretary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eduard Franz
Thomas Gomez ... Van der Locken
Harvey Parry
Dick Ryan Dick Ryan
Dick Winslow


Mr. Prentiss is an appraiser at his firm, the House of Prentiss. He is about to go to Florida to appraise a vast collection of a recently deceased collector, Van der Locken, when he receives an unwanted visit from Ivor Hager, who informs him of "The Left Fist of David," a valuable but mysterious art object that was stolen from a Mexican church. Hager offers a bribe but Prentiss firmly rejects it and heads to Florida. In Florida, Prentiss meets up with his cohorts, Mr. Munsey and his secretary, and they set about to appraise the collection. However, Hager shows up again, since he is a neighbor, with a teasing shot of a bow and arrow. It appears all are interested in the "Left Fist of David." After a mistaken poisoning of a cat, Prentiss and Munsey become concerned, and fabricate a sculpture of a fist. Thinking the sculpture is real, Hager enters with a gun, ready to steal the object, but then discovers it's a fake. In a fight-out with Prentiss and Munsey, Hager fires his gun at the ... Written by Bob Kosovsky <bkosovsky@nypl.org>

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December 1957 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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12 November 2011 | by comicman117See all my reviews

Collector's item (1958) Directed by Starring Vincent Price and Pete Lorre. A pilot produced for a proposed TV series, but never got picked up (The series would have been intended to air on CBS if it had). A very interesting story about valuable artifacts and a theft that happens could have made for a very interesting Mystery series, but sadly the people at CBS never bothered to pick it up. This only runs 25 minutes (including the credits) so there isn't a lot to talk about, but the biggest thing I liked about the pilot was the paring of Vincent Price and Peter Lorre. The duo made three movies in the 60's (two directed by Roger Corman, two also starring Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone, one of which was a trio of stories). The two also appeared in two movies in the 50's (the story of Mankind and the Big Circus, although they clearly share no scenes in the first of those, and in the later I'm not sure as I haven't been able to watch it yet). To see them in yet another thing, let alone the possibility of a TV series, sounded fantastic (shame it never got picked up). It's a very interesting story, with Thomas Gomez excellent in support as the villain. It's free to watch on Youtube in three parts, so I suggest you check it out.

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