The Hands of Orlac

Synopsis: A pianist has a transplant operation that gives him a new pair of hands. Unfortunately, the hands belonged to a murderer, and he finds the hands starting to take over his life and commit crimes. A seedy magician suspects what is happening and tries to blackmail him.
Genre: Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi
95 min

Stephen! It was brilliant!

- Thank you Maurice

- Come on, make them happy once more.

No, old pal. Tonight

I'm making myself happy.

- Mr Orlac, reporters are asking you.

- Thank you. Good night.

For the Daily Mail, Mr Orlac.

What do you think of... -Sorry.

I must be in Paris in two hours.

I just have time to go to the airport to

take a private plane. I have an appointment.

- With glory as usual?

- No, tonight it's with love.

- He must over the channel now.

- Time enough for you to put your Channel.

Oh, Emilie!

I really have the funniest

maid of honour in Paris.

Too bad you're not the most skillful.

I'm sorry Miss. This appointment is

making me as much nervous as you.

- Surely it's for tonight?

- What is for tonight?

The proposal for marriage.

When I think I will have

to call Miss Mrs.

You know Emilie, I'm afraid.

- It's not the first time Mr Orlac is taking a plane.

- Silly you, I'm afraid of my reaction.

Living with an artist is not easy.

All these women around him. How can

I be sure I'm as well as they are?

Easy. Miss just have to

take a look at herself.

Thank you my dear Emilie.

You're unlucky Sir. Zero

visibility over the Paris area.

You must absolutely land at Orly

or the Bourget airport.

A pilot's duty is to avoid risks.

- I'm taking the risk.

Do the impossible. -Ok.

Bourget Airport?

His hands. My God, his hands.

- No way to get through. -Please

it's urgent. A serious casualty.

- You have to go back.

The road is blocked. -But why?

There's an execution at La Sante jail. They're going to

guillotine Louis Vasseur the strangler, you surely heard of him.

I beg of you. We're carrying Stephen

Orlac, the well-known pianist.

His hands are burned to the bone. If he's not

operated now he will never be able to use them anymore.

- It's not my fault. I have orders.

- We must get him to the clinic right now. Vasseur is going to die.

He won't need his hands anymore

his strangler's hands.

But Orlac's hands must play again.

We must save Orlac's hands. I beg you!

It's alright. Go on.

Professor Volchek?

I've been called from the Bourget.

It's Stephen Orlac, isn't it?

Yes, the pianist.

No need to precise Mrs.

I'm a music lover.

You're his wife?

Not yet but...

I understand.

I'm also Dr Decrochance's goddaughter.

A very good friend and

a very good psychiatrist.

- Always in London?

- Yes.

Professor you must save

Stephen Orlac's hands.

They wanted to take him to Beaujon.

I beg until they brought him here.

My godfather talked about your miracles.

Without his hands Stephen would be a zombie.

All right then.

Because of my friendship with

Decrochance and my love for music

I will try the impossible.

But before that I need to

eat something.

No miracle could be performed

on an empty stomach.

- And the other?

- It's done Sir. 56a

Louis Vasseur pays for his crimes.

Stephen Orlac loses his hands.

Come on, calm down, Mr Orlac.

You know you mustn't move.

Sorry, I'm late, my darling. I hope

you enjoyed your time rehearsing.

I tried...

but there's no way.

Come on. You can't hope only

six months after the operation...

Volchek warned us.

It will take some time.

My hands don't obey

me anymore, Louise.

I have the feeling sometimes...

What feeling, darling?

The feeling that I love you.

- Only a feeling?

- No.

It's a certainty.


before your accident we planned to marry.

What are waiting for now?

Before my accident I was

Stephen Orlac the pianist.

But who I am now with

these useless hands?

Take mine then.

Take my hands.

Marry me and I will help you.

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Maurice Renard

Maurice Renard (28 February 1875, Châlons-en-Champagne – 18 November 1939, Rochefort-Sur-Mer) was a French writer. more…

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