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The Brain (1962)

| Crime, Horror, Drama | 1964 (USA)
After the mysterious crash of a millionaire's private airplane, three scientists secretly harvest the dying man's brain and keep it alive in a laboratory in order to communicate with it through telepathy.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writers:

Robert Banks Stewart (screenplay) (as Robert Stewart), Philip Mackie (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Heywood ... Anna Holt
Peter van Eyck ... Dr. Peter Corrie
Cecil Parker ... Stevenson
Bernard Lee ... Dr. Frank Shears
Jeremy Spenser ... Martin Holt
Maxine Audley ... Marion Fane
Ellen Schwiers ... Ella
Siegfried Lowitz ... Mr. Walters
Hans Nielsen Hans Nielsen ... Immerman
Jack MacGowran ... Furber
Miles Malleson ... Dr. Miller - British version
George A. Cooper ... Thomas Gabler
Ann Sears ... Stevenson's secretary
Irene Richmond Irene Richmond ... Mrs. Gabler
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A millionaire businessman's brain is kept alive after a fatal accident, and communicates clues to a doctor on the trail of the killer. Written by Anonymous

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the pounding of the afterbrain signals vengeance and death!! See more »

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Crime | Horror | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dead Man Seeks His Murderer See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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The character of Dr. Peter Corrie is said by characters to be 35, but the actor who plays him was around 50 at the time of filming. See more »

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Alternate Versions

The film was made simultaneously in a German and British version. All actors played their respective roles in both versions, except the actor portraying Dr. Miller. In the German version, Dieter Borsche was cast, Miles Malleson played the part in the British version. The German version also included scenes of a topless Anne Heywood missing from the British print. See more »

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Remake of The Lady and the Monster (1944) See more »

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Interesting remake of b-grade horror classic 'Donovan's Brain' with a different approach - a mystery thriller with noir touches.
23 January 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

While 'Donovan's Brain' wasn't the first movie version of Curt Siodmak's sci fi shocker, it is by far the best known and best remembered of the three adaptations (so far). As a corny but entertaining b-grade movie it is hard to beat, and wonderful fun. 'The Brain', an overlooked German/English remake, doesn't try to outdo it, it instead approaches the source material in a very different way. The sensationalistic thrills and mind control horror of the 1953 movie are replaced by a calmer, more atmospheric style which adds a mystery element not seen in the earlier version. The basic premise is the same (though the names have been changed). This time around the scientist experimenting with keeping monkey's brains alive outside the body is played by Peter van Eyck ('Wages Of Fear'). He is assisted by his beautiful wife (well, I think it's his wife) Ella (Ellen Schwiers, who is positively stunning, and a lot easier on the eye than Nancy Davis!), and his trustworthy alcoholic sidekick (Bernard Lee, 'M' of James Bond fame). Once again a plane crashes nearby and the sole survivor is taken back to their lab. Once again the man cannot be saved but the scientist decides to keep his brain. As in 'Donovan's Brain' the brain survives and begins to exert control over the scientist. But it isn't in the same way, it is much subtler, and instead of domination, the brain wants something else - justice. For in 'The Brain' the millionaire has been murdered, and most of his family and associates are suspects. This interesting twist, plus the superior cast, makes this movie a rarity - a worthwhile remake. However, I wouldn't go so far as to say it surpasses the earlier movie. It is less silly and more intelligent, but not necessarily more entertaining. I enjoy both movies in different ways, and recommend them both.


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