Mad Love (1935)

USA, 1935
68m, 7 reels
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American horror film directed by Karl Freund.

Plot Summary

Parisian surgeon Dr Gogol is infatuated with the beautiful young actress Yvonne Orlac and is deeply jealous of her concert pianist husband Stephen. When Stephen’s hands are crushed in a train accident and his career is cut short, Yvonne has Gogol graft on new hands. But they turn out to be the hands of recently executed murderer Rollo – and as Gogol’s obsession with Yvonne edges into insanity, Stephen finds himself increasingly possessed by Rollo’s hands…


Directed by: Karl Freund
© MCMXXXV [1935] in U.S.A. by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corporation
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents. Controlled by Loew’s Incorporated
Produced by: John W. Considine Jr
Screen Play by: P.J. Wolfson and John L. Balderston
Adaptation by: Guy Endore
From the novel “Les mains d’Orlac” by Maurice Renard
Translated and Adaptated by: Florence Crewe-Jones
Photographed by: Chester Lyons and Gregg Toland
Film Editor: Hugh Wynn
Musical Score by: Dimitri Tiomkin
Musical Director: Oscar Radin
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Western Electric Sound System
Wardrobe by: Dolly Tree
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons
Associates: William A. Horning, Edwin B. Willis

Peter Lorre (Doctor Gogol)
Frances Drake (Yvonne Orlac)
Colin Clive (Stephen Orlac)
Ted Healy (Reagan)
Sara Haden (Marie)
Edward Brophy (Rollo)
Henry Kolker (Prefect Rosset)
Keye Luke (Dr Wong)
May Beatty (Françoise)

Alternative Titles

Amore folle – Italy
The Hands of Orlac – UK
Mad love, les mains d’Orlac – France
Les Mains d’Orlac – France
les manos de Orlac – Spain
Outoa rakkautta – Finland

See also
The Hands of Orlac (1960)
Orlacs Hände (1925)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.17 p.28
  • Film Heritage vol.5 no.2 (Winter 1969-1970) pp.24-29
  • Film Weekly vol.14 no.356 (9 August 1935) p.32
  • Filmfax no.72 (April/May 1999) p.43 – illustrated article (Mad love by Anthony Slide)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.2 no.19 (August 1935) pp.103
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.44 no.525 (October 1977) pp.219
  • Shivers no.22 (October 1995) pp.44-47 – illustrated article (Shuddering with sadistic thrills by Jonathan Rigby)
  • Shivers no.87 (February 2001) p.54 – illustrated article (by Jonathan Rigby)
  • The Listener vol.114 no.2930 (10 October 1985) pp.30-31


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  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) pp.94-95
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  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer pp.172-175
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.22, 101
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.31, 87, 106
  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Sennp.308-314
  • Hollywood Cauldron: Thirteen Films from the Genre’s Golden Age by Gregory William Mank pp.121-156
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.303
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.55-56 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.274 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.319-320
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.387
  • Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani pp.114-115 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.160