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Release Date:
13 May 1964 (USA) See more »
Melody... or murder in these hands? See more »
A pianist has a transplant operation that gives him a new pair of hands. Unfortunately, the hands belonged to a murderer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mel Ferrer ... Stephen Orlac

Dany Carrel ... Régina / Li-Lang

Christopher Lee ... Nero the Magician
Lucile Saint-Simon ... Louise Cochrane Orlac
Edouard Hemme ... Auge

Donald Wolfit ... 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

Donald Pleasence ... Graham Coates
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antoine Balpêtré ... (uncredited)
Peter Bennett ... 1st Member (uncredited)
Ernest Blyth ... Nightclub Audience (uncredited)
Jean Combal ... (uncredited)

Arnold Diamond ... Dresser (uncredited)

Janina Faye ... Child (uncredited)
Pierre Ferrari ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Andrée Florence ... (uncredited)
Jean Fountaine ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Nightclub Audience (uncredited)
Juba Kennerley ... Nightclub Audience (uncredited)
Gertan Klauber ... Fairground Attendant (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... Nightclub Audience (uncredited)

George Merritt ... 2nd Member (uncredited)

David Peel ... Airplane Pilot (uncredited)

Walter Randall ... Waiter (uncredited)

Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Volchett's Assistant (uncredited)
Emile Stemmler ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
John Tatum ... Concert Audience (uncredited)
Manning Wilson ... Inspector Jagger (uncredited)

Directed by
Edmond T. Gréville 
Writing credits
Maurice Renard (novel)

Edmond T. Gréville (adaptation) &
John Baines (adaptation)

Edmond T. Gréville (dialogue) (as Max Montagut)

Donald Taylor  dialogue: English version (uncredited)

Produced by
Steven Pallos .... producer
Donald Taylor .... producer
Original Music by
Claude Bolling 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson (director of photography) (English version)
Jacques Lemare (director of photography) (French version)
Film Editing by
Oswald Hafenrichter 
Jean Ravel 
Production Design by
Eugène Piérac  (as Eugène Pierac)
Art Direction by
John Blezard 
Makeup Department
Barbara Barnard .... hair stylist
Jean-Jacques Chanteau .... key makeup artist
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ben Arbeid .... production manager
Eugène Nase .... production manager (as Eugene Nase)
Louis Pointet .... unit manager (French version)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques Corbel .... assistant director (French version)
Louis Pascal .... assistant director (French version)
Basil Rayburn .... assistant director (as Basil Rabin)
Timothy Burrill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Henry Emery .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Fernand Bernardi .... production buyer (French version)
Maurice Guerbe .... assistant production designer
Aldo Spapperi .... props (French version)
Bill Bennison .... draughtsman (uncredited)
George Durant .... prop buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound
Robert Biard .... sound engineer (as Robert Biart)
Jean Claude Evanghelou .... sound (French version) (as J.C. Evanghelou)
Bob Jones .... sound
Bernard Souverbie .... boom operator (French version) (as B. Souverbie)
Jimmy Dooley .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Peter Dukelow .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacques Boutinot .... still photographer (French version)
Max Dulac .... first assistant camera (French version)
Harry Gillam .... camera operator
Raymond Letouzey .... camera operator (French version)
Alexandre Tomatis .... second assistant camera (French version)
Bert Owen .... chief floor electrician (uncredited)
Ted Reed .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ronnie Fox Rogers .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Breed .... wardrober (as Jackie Breed)
Editorial Department
M.R. Mascarello-Cecchi .... assistant editor (French version)
Alain Weber .... assistant editor (French version)
Alan Corder .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Lois Gray .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Claude Bolling .... conductor
Werner Haas .... musician: piano
Ilona Kabos .... musical director: concert music
Stanford Robinson .... conductor: concert music
Other crew
Marie Darricades .... script girl (French version)
Hazel Gee .... choreographer
Marthe Toti .... production secretary (French version)
Cynthia Maugham .... production secretary (uncredited)
Yvonne Richards .... continuity (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
95 min | France:104 min | USA:82 min (video version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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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 »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Christopher Lee Is As Good As Usual, 6 December 2015
Author: Rainey Dawn from United States

This is a fairly rare film starring Christopher Lee, Mel Ferrer and Dany Carrel. Three fine actors in the movie that actually make the film worth watching. Christopher Lee is good as usual in this film... he plays a really wicked blackmailer - watch this film just for his performance if nothing else.

The story is an interesting one: a pianist looses his hands in a accident and surgically gets new hands but he did no know that the hands originally belonged to a murderer.

So we have good actors and a good story. What's wrong with the film is the cinematography.... it's really flat, one-dimensional - amateurish yet watchable. As others have mentioned, there is the lack of some creepy or suspenseful music - if the film had that it would have added a new layer of underlying horror if it was present in the movie.

Over all, I enjoyed this film.... it's just a lack of better cinematography and eerie music that is all that is missing - otherwise a decent story and good acting.


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