The Man with the Claw

The Man with the Claw (Italian: L'uomo dall'artiglio) is a 1931 Italian mystery film directed by Nunzio Malasomma and starring Dria Paola, Carlo Fontana and Elio Steiner. It was made at the Cines Studios in Rome with sets designed by the art director Daniele Crespi . The film is one of several regarded as a possible precursor to the later giallo genre.[1] A separate German version The Paw was also produced.

The Man with the Claw
Directed byNunzio Malasomma
Written byAldo Vergano
Rudolph Cartier
Egon Eis
Otto Eis
Nunzio Malasomma
StarringDria Paola
Carlo Fontana
Elio Steiner
Vasco Creti
Music byFelice Montagnini
CinematographyCarlo Montuori
Edited byGuy Simon
Distributed bySocieta Anonima Stefano Pittaluga
Release date
November 1931
Running time
80 minutes


A series of violent murders are carried out by an escaped criminal, armed with a strange claw.



  1. Moliterno p.150


  • Moliterno, Gino. A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.
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