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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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Capt. Dave Harris
Michael Granger ...
Frank Buchanan
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Dr. Wilhelm Steigg (as Gregory Gay)
Linda Bennett ...
Penny Walker
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Reporter #1
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Reporter #2 (as Larry Blake)
Charles Evans ...
Chief Camden
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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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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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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. Chet Walker: [after his wife has asked if it is all right to leave their 6 year old daughter playing alone outside while monsters are murdering people in the streets] There seems to be some sort of definite pattern. Can't put my finger on it, but I do know that Hennessey and McGraw were killed for a reason.
Joyce Walker: Well, it's all right then?
Dr. Chet Walker: Well, for a while. I don't think they've gotten around to indiscriminate killings yet.
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Standard Columbia horror/sci-fi
27 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

A mafia boss returns illegally from Europe with his mad scientist friend -- to get revenge on those who betrayed him by using an army of reanimated corpses he guides by remote control. Only the police scientist (Denning) suspects the truth, but he easily convinces the army to help hunt down the villains.

Not much going on here (but it might amuse those who have never seen a lot of B films), with standard Columbia production values (looks like an episode of "Beverly Hillbillies", in other words) and merely adequate direction by pro Cahn -- the real value of this kind of B-movie has to come from the script, and in this case it's fairly standard, although there is some fun dialogue. Writer Siodmak specialized in "living brain" stories after the success of his superior "Donovan's Brain." ----------------------

additional note, 10/07

I just rewatched it in the theater again and the entire theater was convulsed in laughter at this movie. Even more amazing, most of the jokes were obviously intentional. Denning's character is just absolutely brilliantly written, BIG kudos to Siodmak here. I don't know how I missed it on my first viewing (in the same theater). I love his attitude towards his wife... well not that I love it but it's hilarious. "My wife only talks when I'm ready for bed." WOW! The audience was laughing so hard you couldn't understand half of the lines of dialog. And the best shot was courtesy of Cahn -- Denning comes home and his wife is bent completely over the doorstep, just an absolutely perfect apple shaped backside. The camera ogles that view for about 5 seconds and then cuts immediately to Denning with a HUGE smile on his face! Hilarious! Absolutely a gem that I would recommend to people in the Halloween season if they want some laughs, and it's actually a pretty disturbing movie on some levels as well.


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