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Mad Love

A classic slab of Grand Guignol, with Lorre in great form - bald, bulging-eyed and blessed with a magnificent leer - as the insane surgeon who lusts after the gorgeous Ms Drake, and in order to win her, operates on her concert pianist husband (Clive) after his hands are mutilated in an accident, deliberately grafting on the hands of a guillotined, knife-throwing murderer. The usual Gothic motifs, in fact - dismemberment, murder, madness, and the threat of rape - all played out in semi-serious fashion with some delirious set pieces, atmospherically shot by Gregg Toland and performed (with the exception of the wooden Clive) with gleeful abandon. Great fun.

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Duration: 70 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Karl Freund
Screenwriter: PJ Wolfson, John L Balderston, Guy Endore
Cast: Peter Lorre
Frances Drake
Colin Clive
Isabel Jewell
Ted Healy
Sara Haden
Edward Brophy
Henry Kolker
Keye Luke
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