Yet another version of Curt Siodmak's novel about an honest scientist who keeps the brain of a ruthless dead millionaire (Donovan) alive in a tank. Donovan manages to impose his powerful ... See full summary »
Simon Cordier is a well-respected magistrate who visits a condemned prisoner, Louis Girot, just before the man's execution. Girot again pleads his innocence insisting that he has been taken... See full summary »
Reginald Le Borg
The Four Men of the title are British WWI veterans who decide to work secretly against enemies of the country. They aren't above a bit of murder or sabotage to serve their ends, but they ... See full summary »
Francis L. Sullivan
Yet another version of Curt Siodmak's novel about an honest scientist who keeps the brain of a ruthless dead millionaire (Donovan) alive in a tank. Donovan manages to impose his powerful will on the scientist, and uses him to murder his enemies. Written by
Marty McKee <email@example.com>
Orson Welles played the part of Dr. Corey in "Donovan's Brain" on the only two-part broadcast ever produced on radio's "Suspense", 18 May and 25 May 1944. See more »
At one point, Frank (Gene Evans) states "Pat made that recording while the brain was destroying Yocum." However, in the final edited version of the movie, Pat (Dr. Cory, played by Lew Ayres) makes his recording several days before Yocum is killed. See more »
A kindly doctor (Lew Ayres) keeps the brain of a rich man alive in a tank in his office. Unfortunately that rich man was also evil and starts to take over the doctor. His wife (Nancy Davis) and best friend (Gene Evans) realize there's something wrong...
This story has been told many times before...and this is considered the best version. To be honest I wasn't that thrilled. I found it VERY slow (probably because I know the story so well) and the (obvious) low budget hurts. The brain itself looks fake and when it started moving (and glowing) I burst out laughing. Still it's pretty well-done with a straight face. Ayres is actually very good as the scientist and Evans leads capable support. The real interest this movie has is Nancy Davis who later went on to marry Ronald Reagan and become the First Lady. It's good she did that because her acting is pretty lousy--and she looks horrible too.
So, if you've never read the story or saw any version of this, you might like it a lot. Otherwise, beware.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?