Cinema: The New Pictures, Mar. 20, 1950

Black Hand (MGM) is a minor triumph of production over plot. A slow, overlong melodrama about the bomb-throwing extortionists who terrorized Manhattan's Little Italy around the turn of the century, the story is so familiar that it might be a rehearsal for a movie about gangsters of a later era. But the film's vivid sets, new faces and, most of all, richly atmospheric photography help to give it a fresh look.

Filmed in sharp contrasts of shadow and brightness, Black Hand evokes its period and locale with shabby, tin-ceilinged tenement flats and narrow streets...

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