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Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)

Unrated | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1955 (USA)
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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Dr. Chet Walker
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Joyce Walker
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Michael Granger ...
Frank Buchanan
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Dr. Wilhelm Steigg (as Gregory Gay)
Linda Bennett ...
Penny Walker
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Charles Evans ...
Chief Camden
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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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July 1955 (USA)  »

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Le tueur au cerveau atomique  »

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The film uses the old Columbia Ranch back lot in Burbank, now named the Warner Brothers Ranch, extensively filming on its residential and city street sets. The shot showing the "Monroe Air Force Base" utilized the ranch's entrance with its two gate houses. See more »

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During the 8mm film showing the behavior of the dog, the animal is obviously blinking its eyes after it has supposedly obediently received a command to sleep. See more »

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Dr. Wilhelm Steigg: The brain always dies first.
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Referenced in Deadly Tales (1998) See more »

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Another excellent story from Curt Siodmak
14 October 2004 | by (Novato,California) – See all my reviews

Released by Columbia Pictures in 1955 and without trying to mention it's low budget format, Creature with the Atom Brain is quite a sophisticated attempt to resurrect the dead using atomic energy and electronic circuitry. The idea of using a TV screen to receive images from the creatures "eyes" is fantastic. This movie reminds me of fast paced comic book story with a taste of film noir. Richard Denning,the star of this film, made a number science fiction movies in the 1950's before coming over to TV as the governor of Hawaii in "Hawaii 5-0." As far as I know, this movie is not available on the market as a retail product. You can, however, probably get it from a private collector.I think sci-fi fans will enjoy it!


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