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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.

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Ken Hughes

Writer:

Ken Hughes
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Cast

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 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
Clifford Buckton Clifford Buckton ... Jarrit
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

drugs | kidnapping | See All (2) »

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HE'S ESCAPED! The man with murder on the brain! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La droga maledetta See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious and any similarity to actual persons and events is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

A bullet fired by Ryan shatters a windscreen, but still manages to make a ricochet sound as if it has struck a solid object. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Bit of Scarlet (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Flighty Flies
(uncredited)
Music by Eddy Christiani and Frans Poptie
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Neat British film noir.
15 February 2008 | by ronevickersSee all my reviews

After a science-fiction type opening, the film develops into a neat and engrossing little thriller, with lively playing by the leads. The central performance of the much underrated Maxwell Reed is especially noteworthy, and the film is all the more impressive for his presence. In fact, was there anyone better in this type of role, in British cinema, during that particular time? It is also interesting, for its time, in that there is a distinct undercurrent of attraction for Reed's character, Frank Smith, by Dr Roberts (Elizabeth Allan) which is clearly magnified during the closing scene of the film when her estranged husband Dr Allen (Patrick Barr) is also present. All-in-all an enjoyable little thriller which, although rarely screened, is well worth catching.


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