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Gateways to the Mind (1958)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  23 October 1958 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Frank Baxter ...
Himself (as Dr. Frank C. Baxter)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hadley Cantrell ...
Himself - Princeton University Psychologist (as Professor Hadley Cantrell)
Wilder Penfield ...
Himself - Director: Montreal Neurological Institute (as Dr. Wilder Penfield)


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23 October 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dona Nobis Pacem
from "Mass in B Minor"
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Sung by uncredited chorus
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Educational introduction to the senses and the brain; another lighthearted Bell System Science Series film
11 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw a number of the Bell science films during the Sixties, and this one was my favorite. In a mix of live-action and animation, it explains how the senses-- touch, sight, hearing, etc.-- function. Cartoon characters gather information from eyes and ears and report it to the little guy who runs a complicated control room in the brain.

Presiding over all is the calming presence of Dr. Frank Baxter, playing himself, sort of-- he wasn't really a scientist but a professor of English. He personified science well, though, to a generation of audiences in darkened classrooms.

I believe this was an episode of *The Bell Telephone Hour* in 1958. Several other films in the series, such as *Hemo the Magnificent* and *The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays*, have appeared on DVD, but not this one, as far as I know. It would be nice to see it again.

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