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The Hands of Orlac (1960)

 |  Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  13 May 1964 (USA)
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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:
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Dany Carrel ...
Régina / Li-Lang
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Nero the magician
Lucile Saint-Simon ...
Louise Cochrane Orlac
Edouard Hemme ...
Auge
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Professor Volchett (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
Mireille Perrey ...
Madame Aliberti
Felix Aylmer ...
Dr. Francis Cochrane
Yanilou ...
Emilie
Basil Sydney ...
Maurice Seidelman
Franca Bellj ...
Cell Whore (as Franca Bel)
Peter Reynolds ...
Mr. Felix
Campbell Singer ...
Inspector Henderson
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Graham Coates
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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 crimes. A seedy magician suspects what is happening and tries to blackmail him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Hands of a Strangler  »

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Simultaneously shot in English and French with stars Mel Ferrer and Christopher Lee, both of whom spoke French fluently, using their own voices in both soundtracks. See more »

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Referenced in The Hole (2009) See more »

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C'est parti
Music by Claude Bolling
Lyrics by Jacques Esterel
Sung by Dany Carrel
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Psycho-thriller flick - so abysmal it was funny!
26 July 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Christopher Lee told online entertainment site 'Entertainment Asylum' that there were some movies of his that he'd never watch again. This one was undoubtedly one of them. The dialogue and plot are banal, and the background music is virtually nonexistent, meaning that the movie is full of long, pregnant pauses as actors stride into rooms to read their lines.

Nevertheless, Christopher Lee plays an excellent villain. In fact, when put up against Mel Ferrer's weak portrayal of concert pianist Stephen Orlac, it's impossible to avoid rooting for the bad guy.

This is a picture of British horror entertainment before Hammer came along. All I can say is, thank goodness for Hammer! Watch it for Lee's acting, Other than that, be prepared to laugh your head off.


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