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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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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.

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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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The frightening nightmare of a man who finds himself with hands which he can't control! 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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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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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 Hands of a Stranger (1962) 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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Waste of time!
4 November 2017 | by rodrig58See all my reviews

It's not true what Rainey-Dawn (United States), writes in his review: Orlac knows he has the hands of a "killer", he wakes up on the hospital bed after surgery and sees the two articles on the front page of a newspaper, about him and about the "killer". Mel Ferrer is unconvincing in the role, and the same is Lucile Saint-Simon. The only ones trying to save the film, through his acting value, is Christopher Lee, and through her personal charm, is Dany Carrel. But the movie can't be saved because the whole story is absurd and stupid. The final is a great demonstration.


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