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Mad Love

Mad Love (1935)

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Release Date: Jul 12, 1935 Wide

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In his first American film, Peter Lorre portrays egg-bald Dr. Gogol. A brilliant and highly respected surgeon, Gogol would give up everything he has in life for the love of Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake), star of the Parisian Horror Theatre. But Yvonne is deeply in love with her husband, concert pianist Stephen Orlac (Colin Clive). When Orlac loses his hands in a train accident, Yvonne pleads with Gogol to save her husband. Perversely, he does so by grafting the hands of a recently executed

Sep 30, 1992

MGM

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (0) | DVD (2)

This movie is full of creepy imagery and entendre; some of the surgical accoutrement make David Cronenberg look like Steven Spielberg!

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Horror.com
Horror.com

Wild Peter Lorre horror classic directed by great Karl Freund.

November 3, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

The last half hour of Mad Love gets more and more strange until it becomes honestly horrifying.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Peter Lorre's auspicious first appearance in a Hollywood-made film.

January 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fascinating, ultra-creepy tale

November 22, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Grim horror film from Karl Freund.

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Mad Love

I'm madly in love with this movie and Peter Lorre! It's so beautiful and horrific all at once, very romantic. If you love old horror movies, you must see this one.
September 15, 2010
ajv2688

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This campy and highly melodramatic horror movie is notable as the American debut of Peter Lorre. This being the second adaptation of the Hands of Orlac story has a lousy title that sounds like a musical comedy which features Renee Zellweger. Fortunately, Mad Love happens to be about a man at loose ends and a mad man who happens to be a scientist. Filmed with sharp angles and vague lighting which should be expected from director Freund who worked as cinematographer on Metropolis and Dracula (1931). It's fun, creepy, and often hilarious.

October 29, 2009
DrBenway
El Hombre Invisible

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Peter Lorre gives another wonderfully creepy performance as brilliant but off his rocker Dr. Gogol. He is in love with actress Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake). She is married to a concert pianist (Colin Clive). When Orlac's hands are crushed in a train accident, Yvonne goes to him for help. His love for her (and his loose screws) persuade him to do some dastardly deeds that he hopes will ruin Orlac, both physically and emotionally, on the idea that Yvonne will leave her husband for Gogol. Soime really unsettling scenes, particularly when Gogol kisses Yvonne at her going-away party. Gets fewer stars than it should because the character, for comic relief I suppose, of the wisecracking reporter (played by Ted Healy, who I believe gave the Three Stooges their start) was out of place. Otherwise, well-done.
October 6, 2009
webalina

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muahahahahaha! peter lorre's first hollywood film is a remake of the german silent horror orlacs hande, in which a mad doctor grafts a murderer's hands onto a pianist. fantastic campy performance
August 13, 2008
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Stella Dallas

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    1. Dr. Gogol: Why are you afraid of me? I love you, I love you. You came to life for me.
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