The Paw

The Paw (German: Die Pranke) is a 1931 German thriller film directed by Hans Steinhoff and starring Charlotte Susa, Hans Rehmann and Fritz Rasp.[1]

The Paw
Directed byHans Steinhoff
Produced byCarl Heinz Jarosy
Written by
Music byFelice Montagnini
CinematographyCarlo Montuori
Edited byTonka Taldy
Distributed byMesstro-Film
Release date
  • 10 November 1931 (1931-11-10)
Running time
80 minutes

It was made as a co-production with the Italian Cines Studios. The film's sets were designed by the art director Daniele Crespi. A separate Italian version The Man with the Claw was also made.


A notorious criminal and serial killer commits a series of murders using a strangely-shaped hand leading the police to nickname him "The Paw". When he murders the engineer of a brand new racing car, one of the drivers takes the investigation into his own hands.



  1. Bock & Bergfelder p. 384


  • Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim, eds. (2009). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-655-9.
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