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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.

Director:

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 (as Given Bacon)
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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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Merton Park Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Dramatic Pointers
(uncredited)
Music by Trevor Duncan
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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Exploitative title
5 March 2017 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

One can only assume that the distributors,RKO Teleradio Pictures,wanted to utilise some of the success enjoyed by The Quatermass Experiment by tacking on a 10 minute sequences at the beginning which justify the use of a title which really hasn't got anything to do with the rest of the film.Elizabeth Allen plays the leading role and is clearly not a woman to be tricked with.In real life she sued MGM because they took away from her the leading roles in The Citadel and Goodbye Mr Chips.She lost on appeal and never worked in Hollywood again.The film develops as a routine crime film.However Maxwelo Reed has an intriguing revolver which fires 12 times without reloading.


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