An insane surgeon's obsession with an actress leads him to replace her husband's hands with the hands of a knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.

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May Beatty ...
Françoise
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In Paris, the great surgeon Dr. Gogol falls madly in love with stage actress Yvonne Orlac, and his ardor disturbs her quite a bit when he discovers to his horror that she is married to concert pianist Stephen Orlac. Shortly thereafter, Stephen's hands are badly crushed in a train accident- beyond the power of standard medicine. Knowing that his hands are his life, Yvonne overcomes her fear and goes to Dr. Gogol, to beg him to help. Gogol decides to surgically graft the hands of executed murderer Rollo onto Stephen Orlac, the surgery is successful but has terrible side-effects... Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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His love was pitiful...hopeless...madness...yet "The Thing" tired of pity - and demanded love! See more »

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Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi

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12 July 1935 (USA)  »

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The Mad Doctor of Paris  »

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$257,502 (estimated)
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After it's initial release, 15 minutes were cut from the film, including the pre-credit warning to the audience and the surgery to obtain Rollo's hands. See more »

Goofs

The wax statue of "Yvonne" is shown with arms straight down through the film, but toward the end, when there is a shot of the real Yvonne facing the wax statue, the statue has it's left arm bent, with hand on hip. See more »

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Reagan, the American Reporter: [referring to statue of Yvonne, disappointed] Oh, it's wax. And I thought I had a front page murder.
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At the end of the opening credits, the titles are painted on a glass window pane, which is broken when a fist punches through it. See more »

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Ballade in G Minor
(1831) (uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Well-Done 1930's Style Horror
25 July 2003 | by (Hollywood, USA) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed "Mad Love," it moves well and is a lot of fun to watch. It's certainly the most substantial role I've seen Colin Clive in other than his immortal portrayals of Dr. Frankenstein. Peter Lorre was such a great actor, he does scene after scene as the creepy Dr. Gogol with such natural ease, it doesn't seem like he's acting at all. Yet Dr. Gogol comes across as more pathetic than evil, which is crucial to this film, which has a very simple plot and a predictable ending.

Peter Lorre is great to watch! Even the most simple, corny line spoken by him rings with meaning and truthfulness, Lorre really knew how to play for/to the camera. This movie is only a little over an hour, highly recommended if you're going to do a double feature, and you're looking for a short feature as an appetizer.


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