The Awful Dr. Orlof

Gritos en la Noche
L'Horrible Docteur Orlof

1962

Jess Franco
Director

Mad doctor uses his blind henchman to kidnap random women so he can use their skin in an attmept to restore the damaged beauty of his scarred daughter. Said to be Franco's take on Les yeux sans visage, it is actually more closely related to the West German Edgar Wallace-based krimis popular at this time, especially Die toten Augen von London (1961). However tawdry it's subject may be, it does boast fine moody photography and an interesting avant-garde score, and is much less a haphazard affair than many of Franco's later films. The mood is somewhat diminished by the rather awful English dubbing, though, which hides whatever nuances are in the orginal performances.

Obviously most of the unknowns are represented by the names in the cast list. I have been unable to locate any accurate cast list in any American or foreign source (even foreign movie sites merely quote IMDb's inaccurate & incomplete cast). Hopefully some Francophile will come along to help fill in the blanks...

See here for a detailed listing of what is missing in the US version from the original film, which accounts for the sloppy editing!

-Dave W.



1962-??-??
Cinema






14th May 1962
Cinema


93 mins
1.66:1


2nd December 1964
Cinema


83 mins
1.66:1




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Howard Vernon
Dr. Orlof
Conrado San Martin
Inspector Edgar Tanner
(as Conrad Sanmartin)
Diana Lorys
Wanda Bronsky /
Melissa Orlof
Perla Cristal
Arne
Maria Silva
Dany
(as Mary Silvers)
Ricardo Valle
Morpho Lautner
(as Richard Valley)
Mara Laso
Irma Gold
Venancio Muro
Jean Rosseau
Félix Dafauce
Chief Inspector
Faustino Cornejo
Jeannot
Manuel Vázquez
Klemp
Juan Antonio Riquelme
Fernando Montes
Sgt. Martin
Elena María Tejeiro
Ursula Camille Marianne
Frances Schneider
Javier de Rivera
Ángel Calero
Fernando Sala
Laly Vicent
José Carlos Arévalo
Rafael Ibáñez
Carmen Porcel
Madame Gold
Rafael Hernandez
Eyewitness
Marisa Paredes
Juan García Tiendra
False Suspect
Jess Franco
Raymond the Piano Player
Pilar Gómez Ferrer
Wanda's Dresser
Mercedes Manero
Amy Márquez
Maria de la Riva
Mari Carmen Ruiz
Unknown
First Victim
Unknown
Boy Witness
Unknown
Coach Driver
Unknown
Watchman
Unknown
Policeman
Manuel Vázquez
Klein, Sketch Artist
Unknown
Eyewitness
Unknown
Eyewitness
Unknown
Hogan, Antique Dealer
Unknown
Bartender
Unknown
Drunk
Unknown
Elias Hausman
Unknown
Orchestra Conductor
Unknown
Fingerprint Technician
Unknown
Kraus, Undercover Policeman
Unknown
Flower Seller in Bar
Unknown
Tavern Keeper
Frank Wolff
Jeannot and others (voice)
(American dubbing)

Dave Wright: Screencaps &Notes