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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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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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France | UK

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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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Some of the action is supposed to take place in Marseille (not part of the French Riviera); but Nice (streets) and Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat (scenery) are easily recognizable. See more »

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Version of Mad Love (1935) 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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Awful script and direction wastes good cast
18 April 2005 | by fwmurnauSee all my reviews

A good story and a good cast are wasted in this amateurishly written and directed misfire. It's nearly as bad as Ed Wood films like PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE.

How these no-talents managed to engage so many name actors is a mystery. It was a French production, I guess, and they tried to film it in French and English, but the results are amazingly tacky and clumsy.

Virtually every scene falls flat or is unintentionally funny. But it's not quite bad enough to be good, like PLAN NINE. It's just bad.

What's worse? Christopher Lee's unintentionally comic "maniacal laughter"? Or the jaunty, jazzy musical score. Apparently no one told the composer he was writing music for a horror film. The grimmest scenes are accompanied by toodling flutes and cheery jazz riffs that would be more appropriate to a 1960s documentary on "Swingin' London".

The best version BY FAR of this much-filmed story is 1935's MAD LOVE, directed by the great Karl Freund, with Peter Lorre.


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