Death in the Hand

Death in the Hand is a 1948 British short mystery film directed by A. Barr-Smith, starring Esme Percy, Ernest Jay and Cecile Chevreau.[1] The film marked the debut of John Le Mesurier. It was made by the small independent company Vandyke Productions.

Death in the Hand
Directed byA. Barr-Smith
Written byMax Beerbohm (story), Douglas Cleverdon (adaptation)
Music byAlbert Ferber
CinematographyJo Jago
George Noble
Edited byBunch Dixon-Spain
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (U.K.)
Release date
13 February 1948 (London)
Running time
43 minutes


In a seaside guest house, a nervous piano player, Cosmo Vaughan (Esme Percy), tells a tale of how he read the palms of passengers on board a train and forecast their deaths. But is Mr Vaughan quite what he appears?



  1. "Death in the Hand". British Film Institute. Retrieved 22 August 2012.

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