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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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Storyline

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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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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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 TJ and the All Night Theatre: The Hands of Orlac (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est parti
Music by Claude Bolling
Lyrics by Jacques Esterel
Sung by Dany Carrel
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Who Can Strangle Women and Play the Piano? The Hand-Y- Man Can!
8 December 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

One of the numerous film versions of the compelling story of The Hands of Orlac, a pianist who has a murderer's hands grafted on to his after an accident. This time Mel Ferrer is Stephen Orlac. Ferrer actually does a pretty good job in this rather complex role of someone being torn apart not by the fact that he kills but rather by the thought that he sometimes thinks he must or will kill. There is only one murder in this film, so if action is your poison you might want to pass. However, despite the lack of action and any real budget in this film, the film is rather good, especially during the second half where the pace is picked up considerably. Christopher Lee as a blackmailing magician is the real star of the film as he plays one of his oiliest, slickest bad guys on film. Lee oozes a kind of vitriolic charm as he maniacally laughs and speaks ever so nicely whilst blackmailing. Danny Carrel plays his lovely French-speaking assistant with gusto, charm, and lusciousness. The film has a good cast of character actors like Felix Alymer, Donald Pleasance in a meaningless yet nice cameo, and Sir Donald Wolfit in an equally small role. Modern(what passed for modern then) music plays throughout.The film is markedly different from many other versions, and in particular Mad Love. It has an interesting twist ending. All in all a pretty good little film.


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