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Director:
Writers:
L. du Garde Peach (screenplay) &
Sidney Gilliat (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 November 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Dr. Laurience, a brilliant but unstable scientist experimenting with transferring minds, becomes vengeful when his magnate patron withdraws his support. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Boris Karloff ... Dr. Laurience
John Loder ... Dick Haslewood

Anna Lee ... Dr. Clare Wyatt
Frank Cellier ... Lord Haslewood
Donald Calthrop ... Clayton
Cecil Parker ... Dr. Gratton

Lyn Harding ... Prof. Holloway
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clive Morton ... Journalist (uncredited)
Bryan Powley ... Unspecified role (uncredited)
D.J. Williams ... Landlord (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
 
Writing credits
L. du Garde Peach (screenplay) (as L. Du Garde Peach) &
Sidney Gilliat (screenplay) &
John L. Balderston (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Hubert Bath (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Jack E. Cox  (as Jack Cox)
 
Film Editing by
R.E. Dearing 
Alfred Roome 
Ben Hipkins (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky  (as Vetchinsky)
 
Costume Design by
Molyneux (dresses)
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Salter .... sound recordist (as W. Salter)
Charles Poulton .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molyneux .... dresses
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Louis Levy .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Man Who Changed His Mind" - UK (original title)
"Doctor Maniac Who Lived Again" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
66 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (British Acoustic)
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Trivia:
Boris Karloff's second feature in Britain, filmed March 3-mid April 1936, followed quickly by "Juggernaut."See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Clare Wyatt:[as Dick enters the room] Hello! Why aren't you in C Street?
Dick Haslewood:I've been checking up on Laurence, and he's not the kind of thing a girl should know.
Dr. Clare Wyatt:Dick, we've been over that before.
Dick Haslewood:Oh, but you don't know the half of it. He's arrived in England with a couple of monkeys and claims he's discovered the human soul.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Still-Relevant Social Commentary, 5 October 2005
Author: Doghouse-6 from Glendale, CA

This is one of the earliest examples of the "mad scientist" characterization that would become so much a part of Boris' stock in trade over the following decade. What's most interesting about THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND is that it is not as much science fiction as it is an observation of what we might today call the "PR machine," and it takes some lacerating swipes at journalism, publicity and self-promotion.

Karloff is Dr. Laurience, a reclusive scientist who believes he can transfer the consciousness (or soul?) from one brain to another. Ably assisted by Dr. Clare Wyatt, Laurience draws the interest of newspaper publisher Lord Haslewood (whose son, Dick, is Clare's fiancé). Eager to promote his foundation, Haslewood offers to sponsor Laurience's work - without knowing exactly what it is. Before the dust settles, Haslewood feels swindled, Clare feels suspicious and Laurience feels used, vowing to employ his work to his own ends rather than for the benefit of mankind.

Boris' performance is exuberant, and supporting players Anna Lee, John Loder and Donald Calthrop are effective, but Frank Cellier, as Lord Haslewood, walks away with the picture whenever he is on screen. Without giving too much away, let's just say that Cellier is called upon to portray more than one personality, and provides the film with its most enjoyable scenes.

THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND definitely has its moments, along with a little something to say. With its takes on the press and the pitfalls of corporate control, it not only conveys messages to which we can relate today, but illustrates how little some things have changed in 70 years.

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