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The Man Without a Body (1957)

Unrated | | Horror , Sci-Fi | 1958 (USA)
A wealthy business man discovers he has a brain tumor and seeks medical help. The business man finds a scientist experimenting with transplanting monkey heads on different monkey bodies. ... See full summary »

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William Grote (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hutton ... Dr. Phil R. Merritt
George Coulouris ... Karl Brussard
Julia Arnall ... Jean Cramer
Nadja Regin ... Odette Vernet
Sheldon Lawrence Sheldon Lawrence ... Dr. Lew Waldenhouse
Peter Copley ... Leslie
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Nostradamus
Norman Shelley Norman Shelley ... Dr. Alexander
Stanley Van Beers Stanley Van Beers ... Madame Tussaud's Guide (as Stanley van Beers)
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Dr. Brandon
Maurice Kaufmann ... Chauffer (as Maurice Kaufman)
William Sherwood William Sherwood ... Dr. Charot
Edwin Ellis Edwin Ellis ... Publican
Donald Morley ... Stock Broker
Frank Forsyth ... Detective
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Storyline

A wealthy business man discovers he has a brain tumor and seeks medical help. The business man finds a scientist experimenting with transplanting monkey heads on different monkey bodies. The business man decides to steal the head of Nostradamus from the prophet's crypt. Written by Scott Blacksher

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a diabolical dream come true! Who is his Next Victim?

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann ohne Körper See more »

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Production Co:

Filmplays Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview, Robert Hutton said that credited co-director Charles Saunders was hired to meet a British government requirement that a certain percentage of British citizens had to be hired on non-British productions filmed in England. Hutton said that although Saunders was always on the set, he had nothing to do with actually directing the picture. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, Nostradamus is shown as having black hair. Most, if not all, portraits and paintings of Nostradamus depict him as having blonde or light-brown hair. See more »

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11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Man Without a Body, The (1957)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

A wealthy businessman learns he has a brain tumor but thankfully he's met a doctor who's doing experiments on head transplants. The rich man decides to steal the head of Nostradamus and put on his body. There are a few interesting ideas scattered throughout the film but the poor direction and screenplay doesn't allow anything good to happen. I think a better screenplay could have made this one of the better horror films of its era but what we end up with is nothing more than a disappointment. The film is way too slow and overly long, which is never good for a horror film.


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