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The Hands of Orlac (1960)

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A pianist has a transplant operation that gives him a new pair of hands. Unfortunately, the hands belonged to a murderer, and he finds the hands starting to take over his life and commit ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Dany Carrel ...
Régina / Li-Lang
Nero the magician
Lucile Saint-Simon ...
Louise Cochrane Orlac
Edouard Hemme ...
Professor Volchett (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
Mireille Perrey ...
Madame Aliberti
Felix Aylmer ...
Dr. Francis Cochrane
Yanilou ...
Basil Sydney ...
Maurice Seidelman
Franca Bellj ...
Cell Whore (as Franca Bel)
Peter Reynolds ...
Mr. Felix
Campbell Singer ...
Inspector Henderson
Graham Coates


A pianist has a transplant operation that gives him a new pair of hands. Unfortunately, the hands belonged to a murderer, and he finds the hands starting to take over his life and commit crimes. A seedy magician suspects what is happening and tries to blackmail him. Written by

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The frightening nightmare of a man who finds himself with hands which he can't control! See more »


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Release Date:

13 May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hands of a Strangler  »

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1.66 : 1
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Christopher Lee was coached to perform magic tricks by Billy McComb. Even though most of them were done with camera tricks, Lee was still made a member of the Magic Circle. See more »


Version of Hands of a Stranger (1962) See more »


C'est parti
Music by Claude Bolling
Lyrics by Jacques Esterel
Sung by Dany Carrel
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Awful script and direction wastes good cast
18 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A good story and a good cast are wasted in this amateurishly written and directed misfire. It's nearly as bad as Ed Wood films like PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE.

How these no-talents managed to engage so many name actors is a mystery. It was a French production, I guess, and they tried to film it in French and English, but the results are amazingly tacky and clumsy.

Virtually every scene falls flat or is unintentionally funny. But it's not quite bad enough to be good, like PLAN NINE. It's just bad.

What's worse? Christopher Lee's unintentionally comic "maniacal laughter"? Or the jaunty, jazzy musical score. Apparently no one told the composer he was writing music for a horror film. The grimmest scenes are accompanied by toodling flutes and cheery jazz riffs that would be more appropriate to a 1960s documentary on "Swingin' London".

The best version BY FAR of this much-filmed story is 1935's MAD LOVE, directed by the great Karl Freund, with Peter Lorre.

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