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The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 August 1962 (USA)
A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.

Director:

Joseph Green

Writers:

Joseph Green (screenplay), Rex Carlton (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jason Evers ... Dr. Bill Cortner (as Herb Evers)
Virginia Leith ... Jan Compton / Jan in the Pan
Anthony La Penna Anthony La Penna ... Kurt (as Leslie Daniel)
Adele Lamont Adele Lamont ... Doris Powell
Bonnie Sharie Bonnie Sharie ... Blonde Stripper
Paula Morris Paula Morris ... Brunet Stripper
Marilyn Hanold ... Peggy Howard (as Marlyn Hanold)
Bruce Brighton Bruce Brighton ... Dr. Cortner
Arny Freeman Arny Freeman ... Photographer
Fred Martin Fred Martin ... Medical Assistant
Lola Mason Lola Mason ... Donna Williams
Doris Brent Doris Brent ... Nurse
Bruce Kerr ... Beauty Contest M.C.
Audrey Devereau Audrey Devereau ... Jeannie Reynolds
Eddie Carmel Eddie Carmel ... Monster
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Storyline

Dr. Bill Cortner has been performing experimental surgery on human guinea pigs without authorization and against the advice of his father, also a surgeon. When Bill's fiancée Jan Compton is decapitated in an automobile accident, he manages to keep her brain alive. He now needs to find a new body for his bride-to-be and settles on Doris Powell, a glamor model with a facial disfigurement. Jan meanwhile doesn't want to continue her body-less existence and calls upon the creature hidden in the basement, one of Bill Cortner's unsuccessful experiments, to break loose. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Alive... without a body... fed by an unspeakable horror from hell! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Door See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Two of the film's cast members made quiz show appearances with Johnny Carson. Lola Mason was a contestant on a 1958 episode of Who Do You Trust? (1956), hosted by Carson. Paula Morris appeared as one of the impostors on a 1961 episode of To Tell the Truth (1956), on which Carson was a guest panelist. See more »

Goofs

In the initial surgery Cortner is very happy when he says the electric shock is enervating the brain, implying the brain is gaining strength when, in actuality, enervating means the opposite (i.e. sapping strength, weakening, causing to lose vigor) See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bill Cortner: [to Dr. Courtner] Nothing is unbelievable if you have the nerve to operate.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning, the title is given as "The Brain That Wouldn't Die." The end title card lists the title as "The Head That Wouldn't Die." See more »

Alternate Versions

An alternate shot of the men taking photographs of the model has the model completely topless. This was available for use in foreign release versions. See more »


Soundtracks

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Composed by Tony Restaino
Performed by Abe Baker
By Permission of Laurel Records
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A 1950s Mens Magazine version of a movie
14 July 2004 | by jameselliot-1See all my reviews

With all the "teasecake" in Brain (shot in 1959 but released in 1963), the locations (a loner wandering through strip clubs, swimsuit contests, a model's studio, in a convertible following and picking up women on the street) and the wolfish emphasis on full-length shots of near-naked stacked women, the movie has the sensibility and style of the men's magazines of that time (with symbolic titles like Rogue, Knave, Dude, Bachelor, Caper, etc.). It's surprising that it hasn't been remade and updated, even if only for the cable or home video market, like Not of This Earth, Little Shop of Horrors, How To Make A Monster and other B programmers. Sure it's a cheap little film but that's the fun of it.


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