Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Stained 2019

- Coven 2020

- The Hospital Bed 2020

- Genevieve 2020

- Inferno of Torture 1969

- Homewrecker 2019

- Elodie 2019

- Battlefield 2025 2020

- Grave Caller 2017

- The Runners 2020

- Awesomely Righteous and Radical 2020

- Deany Bean is Dead 2018

- Why Don't You Just Die! 2018

- Ouija Blood Ritual 2020

- Blood Tide 1982

- The Flower People 2020

- A Drunk Scorpion Will Sting Itself to Death 2020

- Vampire Dad 2020

- The Prince 2019

- Ouija Shark 2020

- The Departure 2020

- Autopilot 2020

- Wrestle-massacre 2018

- We Are the Missing 2020

- Impossible to Imagine 2019

- The Accompanist 2019

- Strange Files - Ring Toss 2020

- Verotika 2019

- Don't Run 2019

- Tainted 2020

- Andrew Buckner's Big Screen Memories 2020

- Choke 2020

- The Dark Lullaby 2020

- Ravenstein 2020

- Henrietta and her Dismal Display of Affection 2020

- Angelfish 2019

- The Bastard Sword 2018

- Celebrity Crush 2019

- Interpreters 2019

- Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B&B Robbery 2020

- The Passion of Darkly Noon 1995

- Yesteryear 2020

- Ripper Tour 2018

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Mad Love

USA 1935
produced by
John W. Considine jr for MGM
directed by Karl Freund
starring Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive, Ted Healy, Sara Haden, Edward Brophy, Henry Kolker, Keye Luke, May Beatty, Ian Wolfe, Nell Craig, Charles Trowbridge
screenplay by P.J. Wolfson, John L.Balderston, based on the novel The Hands of Orlac by Maurice Renard, music by Dimitri Tiomkin

Hands of Orlac

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


Doctor Gogol (Peter Lorre), a brilliant scientist, loves actress Yvonne (Frances Drake), but she simply isn't interested in him but loves her husband, pianist Orlac (Colin Clive) instead. Then Orlac has an accident in which he loses his hands, and Yvonne begs Gogol to cure him - so Gogol gives him the hands of the recently executed knifethrowing killer Rollo (Edward Brophy).

During his time of recovery, Orlac, who doesn't even know he has new hands, notices he can't properly play the piano anymore but is one hell of a knifethrower. Often he throws knives even before he notices what he's doing, too. This starts to worry Orlac, so he turns to Gogol for advice - but Gogol suddenly has an infernal idea: He decides to mentally suggest to Orlac he has been taken over by the hands of Rollo and has turned into a knifethrowing killer just like him, then Gogol kills Orlac's stepfather (Ian Wolfe), whom he hated, and suggests that Orlac did it himself without knowing it. Orlac soon gives himself up to the police.

Now Yvonne comes to Gogol for advice, but instead of him she finds a wax mannequin of herself, which she accidently breaks, and when Gogol comes home from making Orlac believe he's a killer (in some very grotesque outfit he needed to convince Orlac he is Rollo who has come back to the grave, Yvonne takes the place of her wax mannequin to hear Gogol confessing to everything. Eventually, she just can't keep still anymore, but Gogol has all of a sudden gone crazy, and thus only thinks it's her mannequin come to life (!), and for whatever reason he immediately wants to strangle her ... but by then, the police has come to the conclusion that Orlac hasn't killed his stepfather after all, and they now go after Gogol, and when they find him strangling Yvonne, it's a knife thrown by Orlac that kills Gogol and saves the day.

 

On the surface, this is one great-looking movie, it's realized by master cinematographer and occasional director Karl Freund with a great sense for style and atmosphere alike, and looks like one of the greatest gothics ever. The thing is, the film looks great, but storywise it's a positive stinker: Believability is continuously strained way beyond breaking point, all of the plottwists are so ridiculous it's nothing short of pathetic, and one can't credit the entire ensemble enough to make it through the extended finale without bursting out in laughter. Oh, and by the way, can anybody explain to me the narrative necessity of the American reporter (as played by Ted Healy)? Not only does he seem out of tune with the rest of the cast, he also seriously gets in the way of the film's pacing and atmosphere - and if he's meant to be funny (I really don't know), it just doesn't work.

That all said, the film is still worth a look for its visuals, but whoever calls it a classic clearly didn't bother to follow its plot.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Mad Love
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Mad Love here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Mad Love at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD