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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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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 line "Each man kills the thing he loves" comes from Oscar Wilde's poem, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol".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:Each man kills the thing he loves.See more »
Soundtrack:
Ballade in G MinorSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Pure Peter!, 13 July 2002
Author: CharlesCrumb from Lansing, Michigan

German actor Peter Lorre made his American film debut in "Mad Love," which I believe was an MGM release and proved to be competition for some of the popular Universal Horror films of the time. Peter Lorre had made his epic debut with 1930's "M," in which Peter amazingly played a child-killer under director Fritz Lang. Peter is a demonic performer if their ever was one, and every memorable scene in this film has Peter's lonely mad doctor character at the helm. Peter is very much in love with a stage actress who is preparing to marry a popular pianist, and all of this gets in the way of Peter's fantasy to have the woman all for himself. A train accident occurs, which leaves the pianist with little hope, but it is Peter the doctor who goes about replacing the pianist's hands with those of a dead criminal, whom Peter himself had watched the beheading of a few days before the train accident. Things take a very silly turn, when the hands somehow take over the very personality of the pianist, and Peter's mad doctor plays the innocent with the pianist, while at the time, telling his actress girlfriend that he is simply mad and that she should stay far and away from him. I would rather not mention how the story unfolds, because that would ruin the good fun for those who have yet to watch this feature, but I must admit that the ending is very funny in a sad way, and there's so much going on with Peter's sanity throughout the film. Worth seeing for a variety of different reasons, so watch it.

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