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Ray Buffum (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 October 1957 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It Will Steal Your Body And Damn Your Soul! See more »
Plot:
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) »

Cast

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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
 
Stunts
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Chris Lamie .... colorist: digital color correction
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
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Certification:
Canada:PG | UK:PG | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:12

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Director Nathan Juran insisted on being billed as "Nathan Hertz" (Hertz was Juran's middle name), apparently because he was embarrassed by this film's low budget and poor quality.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Steve and Dan stop their Jeep at the road block on Mystery Mountain, the sound is out of sync. Agar's mouth moves but no sound comes out.See more »
Quotes:
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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12 out of 14 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 (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) 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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