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1 October 1957 (USA) See more »
It Will Steal Your Body And Damn Your Soul! See more »
Gor, a powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Through March... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Just why did Shirley Temple's ex star in these kinds of movies? See more (44 total) »


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John Agar ... Steve March
Joyce Meadows ... Sally Fallon

Robert Fuller ... 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 ... Russian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kenner G. Kemp ... Military Man at Meeting (uncredited)
Dale Tate ... Prof. Dale Tate / Voices of Gor & Vol (uncredited)

Directed by
Nathan Juran  (as Nathan Hertz)
Writing credits
Ray Buffum (screenplay)

Produced by
Jacques R. Marquette .... producer (as Jacques Marquette)
Dale Tate .... associate producer
Joy N. Houck .... executive producer (uncredited)
J. Francis White .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Walter Greene 
Cinematography by
Jacques R. Marquette (director of photography) (as Jacques Marquette)
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (as Jack Pierce)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Chervin .... assistant director
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... properties
Sound Department
Philip Mitchell .... sound
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Irving M. Schoenberg .... supervising film editor (as Irving Schoenberg)
Music Department
Walter Greene .... conductor
Other crew
J. Lawrence Cassingham .... technical advisor (as J.L. Cassingham)

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71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG | UK:PG | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:12

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The special eye effects for Steve March were created by having John Agar wear special black contact lenses that were very thick. The extreme thickness of the contact made it painful for Agar to wear them.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[first lines]
Steve March:Checks out alright. I don't understand it. Hey, Dan, it doesn't make any sense.
Dan Murphy:Mmhmm.
Steve March:I said it doesn't make any sense. The Geiger counter's been going on and off all morning. And the nucleometer checks right along with it.
Dan Murphy:Oh, you talk like a man with rocks in your head. Radioactivity's a constant thing. Either it's there...
[the Geiger counter goes off]
Steve March:Oh, yeah?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Just why did Shirley Temple's ex star in these kinds of movies?, 4 January 2006
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

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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