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The Mad Genius (1931)

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A crippled puppeteer rescues an abused young boy and turns the boy into a great ballet dancer. Complications ensue when, as a young man, the dancer falls in love with a young woman the ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Charles Butterworth ...
Donald Cook ...
Luis Alberni ...
Sergei Bankieff
Sonya Preskoya
André Luguet ...
Count Robert Renaud (as Andre Luguet)
Fedor as a Boy


A crippled puppeteer rescues an abused young boy and turns the boy into a great ballet dancer. Complications ensue when, as a young man, the dancer falls in love with a young woman the puppeteer is also in love with. Written by Anonymous

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7 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El genio loco  »

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The role of Nana was originally intended for Myrna Loy. See more »


At breakfast with Fedor, Nana has her arms crossed on the table, then has one hand up to her chin in close-up, then in the next shot both arms are crossed on the table again. See more »


Vladimar Ivan Tsarakov: I will create my own being: that boy! That boy will be my counterpart, he shall be what I should have been... I will mold him, I will pour into him my genius, my soul. In him all my dreams, all my ambitions will be fulfilled -- the greatest dancer of all time!
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Referenced in Taxi! (1932) See more »


Danse Russe Trépak
from "Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a"
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening puppet sequence
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21 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Taped this picture on the late-late-late movie channel on the NY TV stations and have never seen it again. John Barrymore(Tsarakov) plays a crippled, half-mad puppeteer, who yearns to dance. Upon saving the young boy Fedor(Frankie Darro) from his foster father's (Boris Karloff) abuse, he recognizes the youth's ability and hopes to make him a famous dancer. Karloff's role was very minor, and he did not reappear after the opening sequence. There was a mention of Frankenstein in the script where it refers about a Golem fashioned from mud and given a human soul and is asked by Tsarakov " Frankenstein's man? John Barrymore dominates the entire screen, but they still need Karloff to bring the 193l audiences into the movie houses.

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