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The Brain Machine (1955)

 -  Crime | Thriller  -  February 1956 (USA)
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A doctor is taken hostage by a drug smuggler whom she has diagnosed as psychotic. Her estranged husband has to find her before the smuggling gang find him and kill them both.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Barr ...
Dr. Geoffrey Allen
Elizabeth Allan ...
Dr. Phillipa Roberts
Maxwell Reed ...
Frank Smith
Vanda Godsell ...
Mae Smith
Russell Napier ...
Inspector Durham
Neil Hallett ...
Det. Supt. John Harris
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Mr. Spencer Simon
Edwin Richfield ...
Henry Arthur Ryan, thug
Mark Bellamy ...
Louie, a gangster
Bill Nagy ...
Charlie, gym owner
Tony (Charlie's son)
John Horsley ...
Dr. Richards
Donald Bisset ...
Maj. Gifford, hospital superintendant
Gwen Bacon ...
Clifford Buckton ...
Edward Jarritt, experimental subject


A doctor is taken hostage by a drug smuggler whom she has diagnosed as psychotic. Her estranged husband has to find her before the smuggling gang find him and kill them both.

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February 1956 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Maxwell Reed, small-time drug dealer, has many difficulties trying to leave the country
10 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Brain Machine" is a crackling good film noir, owing to a well-constructed story and direction by Ken Hughes, dark photography by Josep Ambor, and the excellent work of Maxwell Reed. This perhaps mis-titled movie is not science fiction.

Two research doctors (Patrick Barr and Elizabeth Allan) are separating as the story commences. At her new hospital, Allan looks into the case of Reed, who has been struck by a bus, affecting his memory. Her work on EEGs shows that he is in a parlous state. Reed actually has been involved in the illicit sale of cortisone, manufactured by one Amalgamated Chemical Company. Striking out on his own, he is soon pursued by criminals and police, while taking Allan hostage. Barr follows up on leads too.

"The Brain Machine" is an above-average Brit-noir. As far as I can tell, it hasn't been released to DVD. How nice if it were.

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