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The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Horror | 1 October 1957 (USA)
Gor, a powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Through March, he begins to control the world by threatening destruction to any country ... See full summary »

Director:

Nathan Juran (as Nathan Hertz)

Writer:

Ray Buffum (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Agar ... Steve March
Joyce Meadows ... Sally Fallon
Robert Fuller ... Dan Murphy
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... John Fallon (as Thomas B. Henry)
Ken Terrell ... Colonel in Conference Room (as Kenneth Terrell)
Henry Travis Henry Travis ... Col. Frogley
E. Leslie Thomas E. Leslie Thomas ... Gen. Brown
Tim Graham ... Sheriff Wiley Pane
Bill Giorgio Bill Giorgio ... Russian
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Storyline

Gor, a powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Through March, he begins to control the world by threatening destruction to any country challenging his domination. Another brain, Val, works with March's future wife Sally to defeat Gor. Val explains that Gor will be vulnerable when he is forced to leave March at intervals to re-energize. Gor's vulnerable spot, the Fissure of Orlando, is described in a note left by Sally in Steve's lab. Written by Apostrophes

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The incredible space-brain invades a human body with its destructive evil power! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Augen des Satans See more »

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Budget:

$58,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dan is reading "Space Science Fiction" Vol.1 No.2 August 1957 issue. Part of the cover showing the word "Space" is ripped off. Boris Karloff can be seen on the back cover. See more »

Goofs

When the Russian diplomat arrives for the meeting, he places his hat on the outer desk. As he enters the conference room, the hat falls to the floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Steve March: Checks out alright. I don't understand it. Hey, Dan, it doesn't make any sense.
Dan Murphy: Mmhmm.
Steve March: I said it doesn't make any sense. The Geiger counter's been going on and off all morning. And the nucleometer checks right along with it.
Dan Murphy: Oh, you talk like a man with rocks in your head. Radioactivity's a constant thing. Either it's there...
[the Geiger counter goes off]
Steve March: Oh, yeah?
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No Brain Needed, Just A Sense Of Humor
19 July 2003 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

This film gets off to a decent start. I like films set in the desert. And the acting of Robert Fuller is adequate. But too soon, we leave the desert, Fuller leaves the movie (to save his career no doubt). And we're left with a dimwitted plot, campy looking aliens that wouldn't scare a bird, and John Agar's "acting".

All suspense is lost early on when we see the evil alien, an uninspired floating ball with two sleepy eyes. And of course the ball speaks English, convenient for the film's characters --- and the intended audience. Near the end of the film, the alien makes a little speech (in English of course), rambling on about Caesar, Napoleon, and Hitler. Seems our alien is both talkative and well educated.

The film's plot is painfully anthropomorphic. The idea of a criminal "brain" hungry for power is hardly alien; it's all too human. And John Agar's performance has to be seen to be believed. His facial expression right before he kills the sheriff is true camp. The abrupt ending of the film gives the impression that it ended simply because the producer ran out of money.

This campy, 1950's sci-fi flick is a lot of fun. I get more laughs out of it than I do out of some contemporary comedies.


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