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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 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:
May Beatty's declaration about the wax figure, "It went for a little walk!" is a clear echo of a similar line from The Mummy (1932), also written by John L. Balderston and directed by Karl Freund.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Rollo goes to the guillotine, the device is shown against the sky. The "sky" has seams in it, revealing it to be a backdrop.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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Siegfried IdyllSee more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Killing hands, 30 October 2004
Author: jotix100 from New York

This is a forgotten film one doesn't see too often. TCM showed it recently as part of their Halloween programming and frankly, it shows clearly how Karl Freund was ahead of his times. Mr. Freund had a long career as a cinematographer; it helps he had an eye for atmosphere and detail, as proved in this film.

The sets and costumes reflect the genius of the team behind the camera, led by Karl Freund. The black and white photography greatly enhances the film. There's a scene at the beginning of the movie where one can see Dr. Gogol, played with immense panache by Peter Lorre, seated in one of the boxes in the theatre. We only see half of his face, because the other half hidden in shadows. We get a sense of evil with only a minimal of lighting and gesture in the sinister figure of Dr. Gogol.

The movie is a mystery suspense, not to be classified as a horror film because the gory details are kept at a minimum, but at the same time, we are shown brilliant frightening moments throughout the picture.

Peter Lorre shines in this film; he carries the movie. Mr. Lorre had excellent parts in other films that followed, but in this film, as well as in "M" he showed a talent and an understanding about the person he is supposed to be. In a way, not having the good looks to be cast in other roles, he became a secondary character actor in the succeeding years.

Frances Drake, as Yvonne Orlac, is awfully good. She's the object of Gogol's affections, but she loves the man that is transformed by the doctor, after a tragic accident. Colin Clive as Stephen Orlac, is quite effective as the pianist who knows a lot about knives. Ted Healy makes a funny appearance as Regan, the reporter in search of sensationalism. Sara Haden, as Marie, Dr Gogol's maid, is excellent as the maid from hell.

Of course, the movie is perhaps Karl Freund's best because in 69 minutes he achieves to do a movie that is fascinating to watch because of the superb acting of Mr. Lorre.

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