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Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1955 (USA)
An ex-Nazi mad scientist uses radio-controlled atomic-powered zombies in his quest to help an exiled American gangster return to power.

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

Curt Siodmak (story), Curt Siodmak (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Denning ... Dr. Chet Walker
Angela Stevens ... Joyce Walker
S. John Launer ... Capt. Dave Harris
Michael Granger Michael Granger ... Frank Buchanan
Gregory Gaye ... Dr. Wilhelm Steigg (as Gregory Gay)
Linda Bennett Linda Bennett ... Penny Walker
Tristram Coffin ... Dist. Atty. MacGraw
Harry Lauter ... Reporter #1
Larry J. Blake ... Reporter #2 (as Larry Blake)
Charles Evans ... Chief Camden
Pierre Watkin ... Mayor Bremer
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Storyline

Several years earlier gangster Frank Buchanan was deported to his native Italy through the efforts of law enforcement authorities and rival gangsters who inform on him. While in Europe he meets scientist Wilhelm Steigg, who has perfected a method of reanimating dead people and controlling their behavior with oral commands. Buchanan underwrites Steigg's experiments and uses his technology to wreak revenge on his enemies. Unfortunately radioactive poisoning is a by-product of the process, and authorities use radiation detecting devices like Geiger counters to pinpoint the source of the sinister plot. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le tueur au cerveau atomique See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia booked this across the United States as a standard double bill with It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) See more »

Goofs

Buchanan states that the lead-lined house will prevent detection of the radiation that Dr. Stieg uses to power the creatures. Yet later, Dr. Stieg indicates that the radium power source will draw the injured Harris creature like a magnet even though the radium is still inside the lead-lined hideout. See more »

Quotes

Frank Buchanan: Steigg, you may be a crackpot, but you are also a genius!
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Zombies (1996) See more »

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Another excellent story from Curt Siodmak
14 October 2004 | by julianbristow111See all my reviews

Released by Columbia Pictures in 1955 and without trying to mention it's low budget format, Creature with the Atom Brain is quite a sophisticated attempt to resurrect the dead using atomic energy and electronic circuitry. The idea of using a TV screen to receive images from the creatures "eyes" is fantastic. This movie reminds me of fast paced comic book story with a taste of film noir. Richard Denning,the star of this film, made a number science fiction movies in the 1950's before coming over to TV as the governor of Hawaii in "Hawaii 5-0." As far as I know, this movie is not available on the market as a retail product. You can, however, probably get it from a private collector.I think sci-fi fans will enjoy it!


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