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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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Tagline:
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 wounded pianist'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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Still a "lost" horror film See more (72 total) »

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)
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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:
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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 last directorial effort of famed cinematographer Karl Freund.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:
Françoise, Gogol's Housekeeper:[referring to the wax figure of Yvonne] It went out for a little walk!See more »
Soundtrack:
Siegfried IdyllSee more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Still a "lost" horror film, 9 October 2003
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) is a brilliant surgeon who is obsessed with actress Yvonne Orlac (Francis Drake). She tells him she is leaving the stage to be a full time wife to her husband Stephen Orlac (Colin Clive), a concert pianist. Gogol is crushed. Stephen Orlac loses his hands in a train wreck.

At the request of Yvonne, Orlac grafts on a new pair of hands to Stephen. Unfortunately, they happen to be the hands of Rollo, an executed murderer who loved throwing knives. It seems the hands have a life of their own--Stephen can't play the piano anymore but can throw knives accurately and he has a desire to kill. He slowly starts to go crazy. Gogol again tells Yvonne that he loves her. She rejects him and Gogol cracks. He sets out to drive Stephen mad--and drive Yvonne into his arms.

The plot is silly but it still works. Anyways, the film isn't respected for its plot--it's because of Lorre and the sets. The sets in this film are huge, designed very strangely and add to the weirdness of the plot. They're all dimly lit giving the film a dark, depressing look. The acting is almost all good. Drake is just beautiful and perfect as the suffering wife. Clive is way too serious and looks horrible--sadly the man suffered from alcoholism...and it shows. Lorre is just superb as Gogol. He's very severe looking with his shaved head. You see him start out as kindly but obsessed and slowly slip into madness. Also there's a genuinely terrifying meeting Orlac has with Gogol (disguised as someone else) in a hotel. And director Karl Fruend throws in an amusing in joke--someone's repeats the "It went for a little walk" line from his "The Mummy" (1932)! The only real debit is the unnecessary "comic" relief from Ted Healy and an alcoholic landlady (sorry, but alcoholism isn't funny).

This is still mostly unknown more than 60 years after its release. Why? It bombed badly when it came out, was too grim for most people and it almost never pops up on TV. That's a shame--it's one of the best horror films to come out in the 1930s. See this if you get a chance--it's only 70 minutes and it's well worth it! One of Lorre's best performances.

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