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The Man Without a Body (1957)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1958 (USA)
A wealthy business man discovers he has a brain tumor and seeks medical help. The business man finds a scientist experimenting with transplanting monkey heads on different monkey bodies. ... See full summary »

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Dr. Phil R. Merritt
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Karl Brussard
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Jean Cramer
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Odette Vernet
Sheldon Lawrence ...
Dr. Lew Waldenhouse
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Leslie
Michael Golden ...
Nostradamus
Norman Shelley ...
Dr. Alexander
Stanley Van Beers ...
Madame Tussaud's Guide (as Stanley van Beers)
Tony Quinn ...
Dr. Brandon
Maurice Kaufmann ...
Chauffer (as Maurice Kaufman)
William Sherwood ...
Dr. Charot
Edwin Ellis ...
Publican
Donald Morley ...
Stock Broker
Frank Forsyth ...
Detective
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A wealthy business man discovers he has a brain tumor and seeks medical help. The business man finds a scientist experimenting with transplanting monkey heads on different monkey bodies. The business man decides to steal the head of Nostradamus from the prophet's crypt. Written by Scott Blacksher

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a diabolical dream come true! Who is his Next Victim?

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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1958 (USA)  »

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Der Mann ohne Körper  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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In an interview, Robert Hutton said that credited co-director Charles Saunders was hired to meet a British government requirement that a certain percentage of British citizens had to be hired on non-British productions filmed in England. Hutton said that although Saunders was always on the set, he had nothing to do with actually directing the picture. See more »

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A Fantastic Blend of Science Fiction and Headless Monkeys
9 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wealthy business man discovers he has a brain tumor and seeks medical help. The business man finds a scientist experimenting with transplanting monkey heads on different monkey bodies.

How can you go wrong when Billy Wilder's brother directs? You simply cannot. Especially when he has a nice scene that acts as free advertising for Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.

What I find most interesting about this film is that it implies the French have discovered the secret to keeping corpses fresh. You would think that after a few hundred years, Nostradamus' head would be nothing more than a skull (if that). Yet, he is hardly rotten at all and even has his vocal cords in working order.


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