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Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  July 1955 (USA)
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An ex-Nazi mad scientist uses radio-controlled atomic-powered zombies in his quest to help an exiled American gangster return to power.

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Denning ...
Dr. Chet Walker
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Joyce Walker
S. John Launer ...
Capt. Dave Harris
Michael Granger ...
Frank Buchanan
Gregory Gaye ...
Dr. Wilhelm Steigg (as Gregory Gay)
Linda Bennett ...
Penny Walker
Tristram Coffin ...
Dist. Atty. MacGraw
Harry Lauter ...
Reporter #1
Larry J. Blake ...
Reporter #2 (as Larry Blake)
Charles Evans ...
Chief Camden
Pierre Watkin ...
Mayor Bremer
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Several years earlier gangster Frank Buchanan was deported to his native Italy through the efforts of law enforcement authorities and rival gangsters who inform on him. While in Europe he meets scientist Wilhelm Steigg, who has perfected a method of reanimating dead people and controlling their behavior with oral commands. Buchanan underwrites Steigg's experiments and uses his technology to wreak revenge on his enemies. Unfortunately radioactive poisoning is a by-product of the process, and authorities use radiation detecting devices like Geiger counters to pinpoint the source of the sinister plot. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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A dead man walks the streets to stalk his prey! So terrifying only screams can describe it! See more »


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July 1955 (USA)  »

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Le tueur au cerveau atomique  »

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Columbia booked this across the United States as a standard double bill with It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) See more »

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Jet planes are supposedly shown patrolling the city air space in order to detect a house emanating radioactivity. It's ludicrous to think that an aircraft traveling at supersonic speed would be able to isolate radioactivity in a single building. See more »

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Dr. Wilhelm Steigg: The brain always dies first.
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Entertaining and Funny Too!
11 March 2001 | by (Columbus, Georgia) – See all my reviews

A high minded German scientist [in the 1950's??] is duped by a vengeful, deported gangster into creating atomic-powered zombies from the recently deceased, stolen from the local morgue, in order to wreak revenge upon his enemies.[Whew!] Now that is a dynamite combination! Never mind how they got six or seven bodies out of police custody; or where they got the radioactive isotopes they are waving around. This one is fun!

A classic, know-it-all police MD, with a pre-women's lib, blonde bombshell wife, and just-too-cute little daughter, is on their trail. He patiently tracks them down with the help of another scientist and his doomed police captain boss. The pipe smoking scene is hilarious; as is the inevitable science film: a trained dog being stimulated with electrodes. The villains give the doctor some scary moments. They even tear his little girl's favorite doll limb from limb. But since the German scientist is radioactive, he cannot escape the ubiquitous geiger counter that appears in all of these films. The climactic battle between the police, the army, and the zombies is to be savored time and again. This one is a classic, and worth your while!


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