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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Frances Drake ...
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Ted Healy ...
Sara Haden ...
Marie (as Sarah Haden)
Edward Brophy ...
Rollo
Henry Kolker ...
Prefect Rosset
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Dr. Wong
May Beatty ...
Françoise
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George Davis ...
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Harold Huber ...
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Marianne (scenes deleted)
Leo White ...
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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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Trivia

A torn poster of this movie, with its Spanish translation "Las manos de Orlac", appears in Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano, as a symbol for the intricate novel's plot that subsumes as dissension between mind and body of its anti-hero protagonist. See more »

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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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Assistant Prefect: Here's the American journalist you sent for.
Reagan, the American Reporter: [to Assistant] Hiya, kid.
[to Rosset]
Reagan, the American Reporter: Hello, chief.
Prefect Rosset: Ah, Monsieur Regan. You're the gentleman who's going to cover this execution?
Reagan, the American Reporter: Yeah, I wish they'd cover it so I can't see it. You know I got a weak stomach.
Prefect Rosset: This Rollo is an American.
Reagan, the American Reporter: Yes, that's why it'd make a good story for our paper.
Prefect Rosset: The fact is we're anxious to avoid undue sensationalism in the American papers.
Reagan, the American Reporter: Oh, I know what you mean. I'll use a soft pencil.
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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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A Creepy Character
13 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Peter Lorre's bald, creepy looks as "Dr. Gogol" are memorable in this film. The story is fairly interesting with a few twists, although a bit far-fetched and a little corny in spots. Then again, it is 70 years old.

The black-and-white cinematography is very good in parts. I really liked the closeups on Lorre and the shadows in the hallway. Frances Drake is a pretty woman except for those weird eyebrows, the style of the day, unfortunately.

I saw this on a fair-to-poor quality tape. I imagine this looks pretty good on DVD and I'd like to see it again now that it's out on that format.


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