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The Hands of Orlac (1960)

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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Maurice Renard (novel), Edmond T. Gréville (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mel Ferrer ... Stephen Orlac
Dany Carrel ... Régina / Li-Lang
Christopher Lee ... Nero the Magician
Lucile Saint-Simon ... Louise Cochrane Orlac
Edouard Hemme Edouard Hemme ... Auge
Donald Wolfit ... Professor Volchett (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
Mireille Perrey ... Madame Aliberti
Felix Aylmer ... Dr. Francis Cochrane
Yanilou Yanilou ... Emilie
Basil Sydney ... Maurice Seidelman
Franca Bellj Franca Bellj ... Cell Whore (as Franca Bel)
Peter Reynolds ... Mr. Felix
Campbell Singer Campbell Singer ... Inspector Henderson
Donald Pleasence ... 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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Melody... or murder in these hands? See more »


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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hands of a Strangler See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Featured in Shiver & Shudder Show (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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 GrackenSee 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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