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Donovan's Brain (1953)

Approved | | Sci-Fi, Horror | 30 September 1953 (USA)
Dr. Patrick "Pat" J. Cory is researching brains with his assistant and friend Dr. Frank Schratt and his wife Janice Cory through experiments with monkeys in a laboratory in his house. When ... See full summary »

Director:

Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)

Writers:

Curt Siodmak (novel), Hugh Brooke (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. Patrick J. Cory
Gene Evans ... Dr. Frank Schratt
Nancy Reagan ... Janice Cory (as Nancy Davis)
Steve Brodie ... Herbie Yocum
Tom Powers ... Donovan's Washington Advisor
Lisa Howard ... Chloe Donovan (as Lisa K. Howard)
James Anderson ... Chief Tuttle (as Kyle James)
Victor Sutherland Victor Sutherland ... Nathaniel Fuller
Michael Colgan Michael Colgan ... Tom Donovan
Peter Adams Peter Adams ... Mr. Webster
Harlan Warde ... Treasury Agent Brooke
Shimen Ruskin Shimen Ruskin ... Tailor
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Storyline

Dr. Patrick "Pat" J. Cory is researching brains with his assistant and friend Dr. Frank Schratt and his wife Janice Cory through experiments with monkeys in a laboratory in his house. When an airplane crashes nearby his house, there is only one near-death survivor, the millionaire Warren H. Donovan that is brought still alive to his care. However Donovan dies and Dr. Cory decides to use his brain in his experiment keeping it alive in a tank. Pat, Schratt and Janice research about the life of Donovan and they discover that he was a ruthless and evil man. Soon Donovan's brain imposes his personality to Dr. Cory and possesses him to get rid of his enemies and to live again in his body. Schratt and Janice sees the transformation of Dr. Cory and plan to destroy the brain. Will they succeed in their intent? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donovans Hirn See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dowling Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The sign on the door of the attorney's office includes a "B. Chapman, CPA." Ben Chapman was the film's production supervisor. See more »

Goofs

When the bank manager picks up the stack of bills to count them, he leaves a bill on the desk. He counts the rest and hands them to Dr. Cory. Neither man notices the bill left behind. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Patrick J. Cory: I think someday you'll be as famous as Madame Eve Curie.
Janice Cory: We'll if I'm as useful to you as she was to her husband, I'll settle for that.
Dr. Patrick J. Cory: You're just as useful and lots prettier.
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Referenced in Car 54, Where Are You?: Change Your Partner (1961) See more »

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So Brainy It's Boring
1 December 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is brainier (yeah, pun intended) than almost all the other 1950's sci-fi/horror movies but that doesn't mean it is that great and it certainly doesn't live up to its billing. Critics have overrated this movie for decades.

I give it one thing: unlike most in its genre, it leans more toward the cerebral than the shock or visual. That's the good news. The bad news is that it gets boring by the halfway mark. Even at just 80 minutes, it is not an easy movie stay with, or one that rivet you to your movie seat. Don't believe the "elitists" who like to tell you how "intelligent" - and thus entertaining - this film is, because there is a reason less than 20 people have reviewed it here as of late 2007: it's not that good.

B-movie stars Gene Evans, Lew Ayers, Steve Brodie and Nancy Davis star in the film. Evans overacts and is horrible - the worst actor in the film - while Davis - better known as the former First Lady Nancy Reagan - had a pleasant voice back then, but that was about it.


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