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Mad Love (1935)

Passed | | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi | 12 July 1935 (USA)
In France, an insane surgeon's obsession with an actress from England leads him to replace her pianist husband's hands that got mangled in an accident with the hands of a late knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.

Director:

Karl Freund

Writers:

Maurice Renard (from the novel: "Les Mains D'Orlac"), Florence Crewe-Jones (translation and adaptation: novel "The Hands of Orlac") | 3 more credits »
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Airs Sat. Aug. 25, 3:15 AM on TCM

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 May Beatty ... Françoise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Davis 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)
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Storyline

In Paris, the great surgeon Dr. Gogol falls madly in love with stage actress Yvonne Orlac, and his ardor disturbs her quite a bit when he discovers to his horror that she is married to concert pianist Stephen Orlac. Shortly thereafter, Stephen's hands are badly crushed in a train accident- beyond the power of standard medicine. Knowing that his hands are his life, Yvonne overcomes her fear and goes to Dr. Gogol, to beg him to help. Gogol decides to surgically graft the hands of executed murderer Rollo onto Stephen Orlac, the surgery is successful but has terrible side-effects... Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Taglines:

His love was pitiful...hopeless...madness...yet "The Thing" tired of pity - and demanded love! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Doctor of Paris See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$257,502 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After its initial release, 15 minutes were cut from the film, including the pre-credit warning to the audience and the surgery to obtain Rollo's hands. See more »

Goofs

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: There's blood on your cheek, Galatea. So it seems that wax can bleed. Galatea! I am Pygmalion! You were wax but you came to life in my arms!
Yvonne Orlac: Let me go, Gogol! Please!
Doctor Gogol: You speak! You speak to me! My love has made you live! Galatea, give me your lips!
Yvonne Orlac: Let me go! Let me go!
Doctor Gogol: Why are you afraid of me? I love you! I love you! You came to life for me! Don't you know me, Galatea?
Yvonne Orlac: Yes. Yes, I am Galatea. But let me go now, please! I promise to come back!
Doctor Gogol: You are lying. You wouldn't come back. You hate ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits, the titles are painted on a glass window pane, which is broken when a fist punches through it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Arena: The Orson Welles Story - Part 1 (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Siegfried Idyll
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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The Hands Have IT!
22 November 1999 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

This adaptation of Renard's The Hands of Orlac is quite good, yet a bit on the stagy side. It is one of Peter Lorre's early films and his first for Hollywood. Lorre is quite good, and almost sympathetic in a way, as a surgeon who has hopelessly fallen in love with the wife of a great pianist. Colin Clive of Frankenstein fame plays the musician, and Frances Drake plays his rather annoying, overacting wife. The visuals of the film are first-rate, as it was directed by great cameraman Karl Freund. Ted Healy adds some unnecessary comic relief. What I liked best about the film was the staging of the story against some beautiful expressionistic sets and Freunds expressive camerawork.


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