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Mad Love (1935)

Passed  -  Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi  -  12 July 1935 (USA)
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An insane surgeon's obsession with an actress leads him to replace her wounded pianist's hands with the hands of a knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.

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(from the novel: "Les Mains D'Orlac"), (translation and adaptation: novel "The Hands of Orlac"), 7 more credits »
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Frances Drake ...
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Ted Healy ...
Reagan
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 ...
Chauffeur (scenes deleted)
Billy Dooley ...
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Harold Huber ...
Thief (scenes deleted)
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Marianne (scenes deleted)
Leo White ...
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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Dead hands that live... and love... and kill! See more »

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Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

12 July 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las manos de Orlac  »

Box Office

Budget:

$257,502 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Hays Office cautioned the studio about showing scenes of the dead, injured or dying after the train wreck. Some countries banned the film altogether, while others cut the scenes of torture, guillotining and strangulation. 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 »

Quotes

Doctor Gogol: [despairingly] I have conquered science! Why can't I conquer love?
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Phantasie Impromptu
(1834) (uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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The Hands Have IT!
22 November 1999 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of Renard's The Hands of Orlac is quite good, yet a bit on the stagy side. It is one of Peter Lorre's early films and his first for Hollywood. Lorre is quite good, and almost sympathetic in a way, as a surgeon who has hopelessly fallen in love with the wife of a great pianist. Colin Clive of Frankenstein fame plays the musician, and Frances Drake plays his rather annoying, overacting wife. The visuals of the film are first-rate, as it was directed by great cameraman Karl Freund. Ted Healy adds some unnecessary comic relief. What I liked best about the film was the staging of the story against some beautiful expressionistic sets and Freunds expressive camerawork.


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