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Director:
Writers:
Maurice Renard (from the novel: "Les Mains D'Orlac")
Florence Crewe-Jones (translation and adaptation: novel "The Hands of Orlac")
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Release Date:
12 July 1935 (USA) See more »
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A new, a strange, a gifted personality comes to the screen! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Lorre ... Doctor Gogol
Frances Drake ... Yvonne Orlac

Colin Clive ... Stephen Orlac
Ted Healy ... Reagan
Sara Haden ... Marie (as Sarah Haden)
Edward Brophy ... Rollo
Henry Kolker ... Prefect Rosset

Keye Luke ... Dr. Wong
May Beatty ... Françoise
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Davis ... Chauffeur (scenes deleted)

Billy Dooley ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Harold Huber ... Thief (scenes deleted)

Isabel Jewell ... Marianne (scenes deleted)
Leo White ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Sam Ash ... Detective Arresting Stephen (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Agostino Borgato ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Maurice Brierre ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Mike Cantwell ... Man (uncredited)
Julie Carter ... Nurse (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ... Station Master (uncredited)
Cora Sue Collins ... Gogol's Lame Child Patient (uncredited)
Nell Craig ... Suzanne - Nurse (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor (uncredited)
Kay English ... Woman (uncredited)
Alphonse Ethier ... Assistant Prefect (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ... Detective Escorting Rollo on Train (uncredited)

Billy Gilbert ... Autograph Seeker on Train (uncredited)
Robert Graves ... Detective Escorting Rollo on Train (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Detective Arresting Stephen (uncredited)
Ramsay Hill ... Actor as 'Duke' (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Robert Emmett Keane ... Raoul - the Drunk (uncredited)
Murray Kinnell ... Charles - Theater Official (uncredited)
Edward Lippy ... Pierre - Henry Orlac's Clerk (uncredited)
Rollo Lloyd ... Varsac - Fingerprint Expert (uncredited)
Marc Loebell ... Actor as 'Prince' (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Actor at Party (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Execution Official (uncredited)
Mary Jo Mathews ... Woman Outside Theater of Horrors (uncredited)
Edward Norris ... Man Outside Theater of Horrors (uncredited)
Sarah Padden ... Mother of Lame Girl (uncredited)
Earl Pingree ... Detective Interviewing Henry's Clerk (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Traffic Gendarme (uncredited)
Bernard Siegel ... Man (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Actor as 'The Notary' (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Marbeau (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Police Broadcaster (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Piano Creditor (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Henry Orlac -, Stephen's Stepfather (uncredited)

Directed by
Karl Freund 
 
Writing credits
Maurice Renard (from the novel: "Les Mains D'Orlac")

Florence Crewe-Jones (translation and adaptation: novel "The Hands of Orlac")

Guy Endore (adaptation)

P.J. Wolfson (screen play) and
John L. Balderston (screen play)

Leon Gordon  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Gladys Von Ettinghausen  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Leon Wolfson  contributing writer (uncredited)
Edgar Allan Woolf  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
John W. Considine Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Chester A. Lyons (photographed by) (as Chester Lyons)
Gregg Toland (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Makeup Department
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William A. Horning .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Oscar Radin .... musical director
R.H. Bassett .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: organ music (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Langan .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:(Banned) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1034) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The following lines, quoted by Peter Lorre about halfway through the film, are taken from the first of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese: Guess now who holds thee? Death, I said, But, there, The silver answer rang, Not Death, but Love.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:And so I find a thing to do with all her hair... in one long raven string I wind three times her little throat around... and strangle her. No pain feels she. I am quite sure she feels no pain.See more »
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Referenced in The Hole (2009)See more »
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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant Gothic Horror, 31 March 2004
Author: Gafke from United States

Apparently, Peter Lorre only agreed to do this film because he had been promised the lead in "Crime & Punishment" afterwards if he did it. I've seen both films, and though Lorre was magnificent in both, I prefer this one. I'm so glad he agreed to do it.

"Mad Love" is the story of Doctor Gogol, brilliant Parisian surgeon whose reputation for doing surgeries on desperate cases free of charge is well- renowned. But Doctor Gogol is a morbid man as well, gleefully attending public beheadings and taking orgasmic delight in the Grand Guignol Theatre de Horreur, which stages realistic horror plays. The star of the Theatre is Yvonne, and Doctor Gogol is madly in love with her, hence the title of our film. But Yvonne is already married to Stephen Orlac, a famous concert pianist. Doctor Gogol, with his bald head and buggy eyes, gives her the creeps and her distaste for him is clear. However, when her husbands train crashes and his million-dollar hands are destroyed, it is Doctor Gogol she turns to. Desperate to win the love of Yvonne, Gogol agrees to do the impossible. Stephen Orlac is saved...but only Gogol knows that his hands are no longer his own. They once belonged to a killer, and they want to kill again.

Lorre turns in yet another astonishing performance here; his Gogol is very convincing, quite capable of handling a few lines of cornball dialogue without seeming foolish in the least. And the sympathy he elicits is simply amazing; I found myself cheering for him the whole time instead of for Yvonne, who struck me as a cold, opportunistic gold digger, quite willing to use the Doctor if it served her purpose. I'm sure this was not the intent of the filmmakers, but Lorre emerges as the hero here, at least in my humble opinion. Toward the end of the film, he is completely unleashed, playing mad, wild music on the organ and donning a most hideous metal contraption which looks like something that H. R. Giger might have designed.

This beautiful black-and-white film by MGM rivals the classic monsters of Universal, and placed Peter Lorre alongside such horror movie icons as Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. Reportedly, Lorre detested these horror film roles that made him famous, but his resentment never shows through; he threw himself into this and every role with creativity and zeal. He is truly marvelous to watch. Mad Love should not be missed by fans of old, spooky Gothic tales. It is a masterpiece.

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