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The Mad Genius (1931)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Romance | 7 November 1931 (USA)
A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Martin Brown (play), J. Grubb Alexander (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Vladimar Ivan Tsarakov
Marian Marsh ... Nana Carlova
Charles Butterworth ... Karimsky
Donald Cook ... Fedor Ivanoff
Luis Alberni ... Sergei Bankieff
Carmel Myers ... Sonya Preskoya
André Luguet ... Count Robert Renaud (as Andre Luguet)
Frankie Darro ... Fedor as a Boy
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Storyline

A crippled puppeteer rescues an abused young boy and turns the boy into a great ballet dancer. Complications ensue when, as a young man, the dancer falls in love with a young woman the puppeteer is also in love with. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coskun Gönüller See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning when Vladimir talks about creating a dancer from the runaway boy, he mentions the Frankenstein creation. The boy's father is played by Boris Karloff who went on to star in the Frankenstein film. See more »

Goofs

At breakfast with Fedor, Nana has her arms crossed on the table, then has one hand up to her chin in close-up, then in the next shot both arms are crossed on the table again. See more »

Quotes

Vladimar Ivan Tsarakov: It's incredible. It's unbelievable... that there should be any human being living who is such a stupid ass.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a background of a figure dancing; a reference to the plot which involves a dancer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Taxi (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

First Movement
(uncredited)
from "Symphony No.4 in F Minor, Op.36"
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played as background music when Fedor returns to Ivan
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Another Bizarre great from Barrymore
28 May 2000 | by kartraboSee all my reviews

In another of John Barrymore's bizarre characterizations the great actor portrays a club-footed itinerant puppeteer who rescues an abused boy from vile existence,recognizes the lad's incredible of agility and footwork and begins to train the youngster to be a "new" Nijinsky.Years go by,the boy reaches manhood,and Barrymore the impresario of a successful ballet company.But when the ballet dancer begins to have ideas of his own,falls in love with pretty Marian Marsh,Barrymore,consumed with madness and jealousy attempts to manipulate their lives leading to shocking results. This extraordinary film oscillates between intriguing drama and moments of near horror with Barrymore in masterly control of his human puppets. Boris Karloff is the boy's monstrous father and Luis Alberni stands out as the drug-addicted ballet director.Magnificent direction by Michael Curtiz


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