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Running Time: 68
Date: 07/11/1935
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Mad Love (1935)

3 Stars (out of 4)

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Peter Lorre stars in Mad Love as a surgeon who replaces a pianists' hands with those of a killer.

In the mid-1990s, four old MGM horror films appeared together in a laserdisc box set. Here they are again: Charles Brabin's The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), Karl Freund's Mad Love (1935), Tod Browning's Mark of the Vampire (1935) and Browning's The Devil-Doll (1936). Since MGM was never really interested in horror, the films all have histories of troubled productions. But nonetheless, they survive as genuinely wonderful classics. Bela Lugosi has a non-speaking role in Mark of the Vampire (with its famous "twist" ending), also restored from the camera negative. Warner Home Video -- which owns older titles from the MGM vaults -- has thrown in two more movies, Michael Curtiz's Doctor X and Vincent Sherman's The Return of Doctor X (1939). Five of the films come with fun, informative commentary tracks, including one by director Sherman, who died a few months ago, just weeks shy of his 100th birthday.

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