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Peter Lorre and Frances Drake in “Mad Love” (1935)

Posted by Jen on Monday, 21 May, 2007

I don’t think you could get much more creepier than Peter Lorre in this one.

Dr. Gogol (Lorre) has purchased the wax sculpture of the actress with whom he is obsessed. He calls the sculpture “Galatea”, after the Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. According to myth, Pygmalion carves a woman out of ivory and falls in love with the statue. He prays to Aphrodite, who feels pity for Pygmalion and brings the statue to life. In this scene, Dr. Gogol has fallen into madness after the rejection of the actress. Here, the real actress hides in Dr. Gogol’s room after finding herself trapped. – Description on the video page.

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