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The Unearthly (1957)

Approved | | Sci-Fi, Horror | 28 June 1957 (USA)
Mad doctor uses patients at his isolated psychiatric institute as subjects in his attempts to create longevity by surgically installing an artificial gland in their skulls, with disastrous results.

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(as Brooke L. Peters)

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(original story), (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Dennis) | 1 more credit »
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Mark Houston (as Myron Healy)
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Dr. Sharon Gilchrist (as Marylyn Buferd)
Arthur Batanides ...
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Roy Gordon ...
Dr. Loren Wright
Guy Prescott ...
Raymond Guth ...
Police Officer Miller (as Raymond Guta)
Harry Fleer ...
Harry Jedrow
Gloria Petroff ...
Screaming Woman
Paul McWilliams ...
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Professor Charles Conway is a mad scientist attempting to develop the proverbial fountain of youth by creating "the 17th gland". Ignoring all aspects of scientific ethics, his research subjects are people who have no family and are under the impression that the doctor can cure their depression. However, his research hasn't been successful and his subjects are turned into grotesque zombies. Some of Conway's patients begin to catch on to his scheme and intend to stop him. Written by Brian D. Switzer <bswitzer@uoguelph.ca>

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Actor Arthur Batanides stated that he believed that the house where they shot this feature once belonged to Mary Astor. See more »

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When Natalie's surgery fails, her facial injuries - burns or decomposition, whatever they may be - are sellotaped to her neck. See more »

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Lobo: Time-fo'-go-ta-bed.
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A Film That Needs More Love
19 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mad doctor uses patients at his isolated psychiatric institute as subjects in his attempts to create longevity by surgically installing an artificial gland in their skulls, with disastrous results.

This film has a suspiciously low rating on IMDb, which I suspect can only be caused by one of two things (or both): its being shown on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" or its being associated with Ed Wood. Since the latter is not likely to impact it, I suspect it is the former.

And that is just too bad. Despite the lampooning, this is a decent film with good effects (the gland), a better than average plot and decent acting. We have John Carradine, a legendary actor and Carradine family patriarch. And he is surrounded by actresses who had been Miss America, a Playboy Playmate (around the same time the film came out) and more...

The script? From a man who went on to write some of the best episodes of "Star Trek". Certainly this cannot be as bad as it is made out to be. Another examination may be in order.


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