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The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)

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Gor, a powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Through March, he begins to control the world by threatening destruction to any country ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Steve March
Joyce Meadows ...
Sally Fallon
Dan Murphy
Thomas Browne Henry ...
John Fallon (as Thomas B. Henry)
Ken Terrell ...
Colonel in Conference Room (as Kenneth Terrell)
Henry Travis ...
Colonel Frogley
E. Leslie Thomas ...
General Brown
Tim Graham ...
Sheriff Wiley Pane
Bill Giorgio ...


Gor, a powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Through March, he begins to control the world by threatening destruction to any country challenging his domination. Another brain, Val, works with March's future wife Sally to defeat Gor. Val explains that Gor will be vulnerable when he is forced to leave March at intervals to re-energize. Gor's vulnerable spot, the Fissure of Orlando, is described in a note left by Sally in Steve's lab. Written by Apostrophes

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The incredible space-brain invades a human body with its destructive evil power! See more »


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Release Date:

1 October 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Augen des Satans  »

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$58,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Although some sources list Morris Ankrum as being in the cast, he does not appear in the film. See more »


When Steve and Sally are driving to dinner and he stops the car the radio is not on but when he restarts it the radio pops on with a news flash. See more »


Sally Fallon: George! What about George?
Val: The dog? He *is* intelligent, devoted, strong...
Sally Fallon: And he's *always* with Steve and me.
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Just why did Shirley Temple's ex star in these kinds of movies?
4 January 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

My 10/10 rating of course only applies because I assume that only '50s-B-movie fetishists would even take any interest in "The Brain from Planet Arous". But previous reviewers have noted that this movie takes a slightly different approach: criminal brain Gor comes to earth to inhabit a man's body and thereby rule the universe, while police brain Vol arrives in search of the criminal brain (meaning that most of the brains on Planet Arous are good guys). Therefore, even non-fetishists should take some interest in this movie.

The characters are pretty much what one would expect: the men are all hot-headed, while the one woman is desperate. The main character Steve March is played by John Agar, aka Shirley Temple's first husband. I also saw him in "Journey to the Seventh Planet" (although I paid slightly more attention to the hot babes in that one). Maybe he starred in '50s and '60s B-sci-fi movies because his reputation as Shirley Temple's ex limited his opportunities (actually, I don't know whether that limited his opportunities). Also starring are Joyce Meadows as Steve's hubby Sally Fallon, Thomas Brown Henry as her father John, and Dale Tate as the voices of Gor and Vol. If this had ever gotten shown on "MST3K", Mike or Servo or Crow probably would have said "If Planet Arous has a brain, why didn't the people behind this movie?" But I personally didn't think find this a bad movie. Like any '50s sci-fi flick, you have to accept it for what it is.

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