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The Hands of Orlac (1960 film)

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The Hands of Orlac
British original poster
Directed byEdmond T. Gréville
Written byEdmond T. Gréville
Donald Taylor
John V. Baines
Based onHands of Orlac
by Maurice Renard
Produced bySteven Pallos
Donald Taylor
StarringMel Ferrer
Dany Carrel
Lucile Saint-Simon
Christopher Lee
Felix Aylmer
Mireille Perrey
CinematographyDesmond Dickinson
Edited byOswald Hafenrichter
Music byClaude Bolling
Distributed byBrittania Films (UK)
Continental Films (US)
Release dates
  • December 1960 (1960-12) (UK)
  • 13 May 1964 (1964-05-13) (U.S.)
Running time
95 minutes
United Kingdom

The Hands of Orlac (a.k.a. Hands of the Strangler) is a 1960 British-French horror film directed by Edmond T. Gréville, starring Mel Ferrer, Christopher Lee, and Dany Carrel,[1] and based on the novel Les Mains d'Orlac by Maurice Renard.





The film was shot in both French and English versions.[2]

Critical reception


Derek Winnert found it "intriguing and partly enjoyable if sometimes strained and lethargic".[3]


  1. ^ BFI.org
  2. ^ John Hamilton, The British Independent Horror Film 1951-70 Hemlock Books 2013 p 91-96
  3. ^ "The Hands of Orlac *** (1960, Mel Ferrer, Dany Carrel, Christopher Lee, Donald Wolfit, Felix Aylmer, Basil Sydney, Donald Pleasence) – Classic Movie Review 3110". 29 November 2015.