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 »
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
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Dr. Cory, under the control of the brain, makes out a list showing several false identities under which Donovan has hidden money around the country. The first four names on the list are actual names of crew members: production supervisor H.B. Chapman, production designer Boris Leven, assistant director Jack R. Berne (on list as "Jack Byrne") and set decorator Edward Boyle. The fifth name, Fred Russell, is that of a popular sports writer of the early 1950s. See more »
The size of the brain in the tank keeps abruptly changing size, within the same scene. See more »
Dr. Patrick J. Cory:
Perhaps I'll cure Frank and every other alcoholic if I can solve the mystery of Donovan's Brain. I think it's a matter of chemistry how the brain thinks. The problem is to find out what chemical combinations are responsible for success... failure... happiness... misery.
Dr. Patrick J. Cory:
But it is not. It can't be. There has to be a way.
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A modest but enjoyable thriller from writer Curt Siodmak
An effective screen version of Curt Siodmak's novel, in some ways more faithful than the earlier version made in 1944, `The Lady and the Monster'. Lew Ayres is a doctor and research scientist who experiments with monkey brains, keeping them alive in a tank of liquid nutrients after they've been surgically removed from the body. When the private plane of an infamous tycoon crashes in the desert nearby, Ayres is called to the scene to render medical assistance, but the tycoon is dead. Ayres decides to use the brain as part of his experiments, removing it from the body and placing in a nutrient-filled tank. The brain lives, and Ayres attempts to communicate with it by telepathy.
The ruthless, strong-willed tycoon begins to take control of Ayres and reestablish control of his financial empire. Nancy Davis (the future first lady, Mrs. Ronald Reagan) is Ayre's supportive wife. Gene Evans is his alcoholic friend and medical colleague.
An intelligent, thought-provoking movie. Forgive a minor flaw: the tank which holds the brain looks like an aquarium fill with dirty water. The brain sits half submerged, twitching in the water when it gets excited. This idea was done much better in `The Colossus of of New York', so try not to compare.
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