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The Brain Machine (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Thriller | February 1956 (USA)
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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Dr. Geoffrey Allen
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Dr. Philippa Roberts
Maxwell Reed ...
Frank Smith
Vanda Godsell ...
Mae Smith
Russell Napier ...
Inspector Durham
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Sergeant John Harris
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Mr. Spencer Simon
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Ryan
Mark Bellamy ...
Louis
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Charlie
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Tony (Charlie's son)
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Dr. Richards
Donald Bisset ...
Major Gifford (as Donald Bissett)
Gwen Bacon ...
Matron
Clifford Buckton ...
Jarrit
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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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drugs | kidnapping | See All (2) »

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HE'S ESCAPED! The man with murder on the brain! See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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February 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La droga maledetta  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious and any similarity to actual persons and events is purely coincidental. See more »

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In a climatic scene Maxwell Reed fires a 6 shot revolver 7 times. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Bit of Scarlet (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Planet In Flames
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Music by Trevor Duncan
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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Weird promotion
16 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The most bizarre aspect of this competent minor British kidnap thriller is its completely inappropriate packaging as science fiction. The 'Brain Machine' of the title refers to an electroencephalograph which is used by psychologists to identify brainwave patterns characteristic of psychotics. That is indeed a futuristic concept, but the eponymous machine actually only features in the first ten minutes or so. The title sequence is very techy, and the theme tune is the same as the TV serial version of 'Quatermass and the Pit'. Indeed, the opening scene, where the brain machine is introduced to us, is highly reminiscent of scenes in Quatermass, 'X the Unknown' and similar pictures. But after that, the whole thing settles down into thriller mode, with a traditional nick o' time climax. Enjoyable, but misleading.


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