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The Brain Machine (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Thriller | February 1956 (USA)
A doctor is taken hostage by a drug smuggler whom she has diagnosed as psychotic. Her estranged husband has to find her before the smuggling gang find him and kill them both.


Ken Hughes


Ken Hughes




Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Barr ... Dr. Geoffrey Allen
Elizabeth Allan ... Dr. Philippa Roberts
Maxwell Reed ... Frank Smith
Vanda Godsell ... Mae Smith
Russell Napier ... Inspector Durham
Neil Hallett ... Sergeant John Harris
Gibb McLaughlin ... Mr. Spencer Simon
Edwin Richfield ... Ryan
Mark Bellamy Mark Bellamy ... Louis
Bill Nagy ... Charlie
Anthony Valentine ... Tony (Charlie's son)
John Horsley ... Dr. Richards
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... Major Gifford (as Donald Bissett)
Gwen Bacon Gwen Bacon ... Matron (as Given Bacon)
Clifford Buckton Clifford Buckton ... Jarrit


A doctor is taken hostage by a drug smuggler whom she has diagnosed as psychotic. Her estranged husband has to find her before the smuggling gang find him and kill them both.

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The waves of the BRAIN MACHINE spell STOP THIS KILLER! See more »


Crime | Thriller


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Warning: Possible Brain Cell Damage!
4 February 2019 | by spookyrat1See all my reviews

EEG machines had been used on humans for around 30 years, when this mixed up little film was made. I'm sure they weren't that well-known then and thus for many, a futuristic concept, through which a convoluted thriller might just have its genesis. With the benefit of almost 65 years of hindsight, the whole thing now does look somewhat dated and a bit silly.

For the first half of this film, I had high hopes the Elizabeth Allan female doctor would surprisingly prove to be the dominant character and a heroine in her own right. But half way through, she sadly just becomes another damsel in distress who needs to be rescued by her estranged and rather boring husband. For this to occur, we have to suspend disbelief, that: (a) He wouldn't share any of the information he receives about his wife's kidnapping with the police (Even though another character asks him this question, which he essentially ignores). (b) The police with their resources wouldn't get that information any way.

It's a movie like that; starting out somewhat intriguingly in the first act, but rapidly running out of any original ideas and common sense and happy to slip back into very pedestrian predictability, from which it never recovers. Overall, we are left feeling that The Brain Machine has short circuited out well before the intended climax.

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Release Date:

February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La droga maledetta See more »

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Production Co:

Merton Park Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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