The Mad Genius
|The Mad Genius|
|Directed by||Michael Curtiz|
|Written by||Harvey Thew
based on the play The Idol (1929) by Martin Brown
|Music by||David Mendoza conducting the Vitaphone Orchestra|
|Edited by||Ralph Dawson|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||89 minutes|
The Mad Genius (1931) is an all-talking pre-code horror drama film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Michael Curtiz. The film stars John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Cook, Charles Butterworth, and in small roles, Boris Karloff and Frankie Darro. The film is based on the play The Idol (1929) by Martin Brown, which opened in Great Neck, New York but never opened on Broadway.
The Mad Genius tells the story of an itinerant puppeteer (Barrymore) running the life of a male ballet dancer (Cook), as opposed to Svengali, where Svengali (Barrymore) ran the life of a female singer (Marsh).
Warner Bros. was so pleased by the box office returns for Svengali (1931) and their first talking feature The Terror (1928), also starring Barrymore and Marsh, that they rushed The Mad Genius into production, and released it on 7 November 1931.
- John Barrymore as Vladimar Ivan Tsarakov
- Marian Marsh as Nana Carlova
- Charles Butterworth as Karimsky
- Donald Cook as Fedor Ivanoff
- Luis Alberni as Sergei Bankieff
- Carmel Myers as Sonya Preskoya
- Andre Luguet as Count Robert Renaud
- Frankie Darro as Young Fedor
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