"The Hand"
December 29 1959.

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SYNOPSIS: A lovelorn pianist named Tommy Grant lashes out at his promiscuous former girlfriend, stabbing
her to death in a back alley with a broken bottle. Afterwards, the murderous musician can't seem to get the
blood off his hands. The strange stigmata, visual evidence of Grant's guilt, eventually contributes to the
pianist's mental and legal undoing.

COMMENTARY: The story of a guilty conscience that drives a killer to go "slowly bonkers" is one that the
series visited with memorable results in the first season episode "Image of Death". This similarly-themed story
emerges as one of the best of the series. It's a stylish film noir that uses black and white photography , , ,

For full episode commentary . . . plus cast credits, series production details,
cultural and television history, and much more . . . see John Kenneth Muir's
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