The Mad Genius

The Mad Genius

A FILM BY: Michael Curtiz
WRITTEN BY: Martin Brown (play), J. Grubb Alexander (screenplay)
STARRING: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth

***Introduced by Alan Rode | Playing as a double feature with The Adventures of Robin Hood | One ticket admits to both films***

One of Curtiz's finest and most neglected pre-Code films, THE MAD GENIUS is an elaborately daft vision of the director's European roots. John Barrymore stars as frustrated puppeteer Vladimir Ivan Tsarakov, who vows to turn a boy he derides as "a disjointed bag of bones" into a first-rate dancer. A psychological horror film that finds room for extended ballet sequences, THE MAD GENIUS was the BLACK SWAN of its day.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1931
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 81 mins
Format: 35mm