Donovan's Brain

Donovan's Brain

Director: Felix E. Feist Cast: Lew Ayres, Gene Evans, Nancy Reagan

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Overview

Felix E. Feist directed this second adaptation of the novel by Curt Siodmak (filmed previously in 1944 as The Lady and the Monster and later in 1963 as The Brain), which tells the story of a brilliant brain specialist (Lew Ayres) whose attempts to save the life of an accident victim result in the extraction of the dying patient's brain, kept alive via electrodes and a special solution. Before long, the disembodied gray-matter -- which previously belonged to sinister, wealthy industrialist Donovan -- begins to exert a supernatural influence over the doctor, until the once-kindly scientist begins taking on Donovan's aggressive, paranoid personality traits and is compelled to carry out the brain's nefarious commands. This is by far the most effective and intelligent treatment of its source material, building a creepy, suspenseful mood while avoiding lapses into pulp-novel camp.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2016
UPC: 0738329200688
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 52,517

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith; "Trailers From Hell" with Joe Dante; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lew Ayres Dr. Patrick J. Cory
Gene Evans Dr. Frank Schratt
Nancy Reagan Janice Cory
Steve Brodie Herbie Yocum
Lisa Howard Chloe Donovan
Tom Powers Advisor
Michael Colgan Tom Donovan
Kyle James Ranger Chief Tuttle
Stapleton Kent W.J. Higgins
Peter Adams Mr. Webster
Victor Sutherland Nathaniel Fuller
John Hamilton Mr. MacNish
Harlan Warde Mr. Booke
Paul Hoffman Mr. Smith
William Cottrell Dr. Crane
Tony Merrill Hotel Desk Clerk
Mark Lowell Supply Company Clerk
Shimen Ruskin Tailor

Technical Credits
Felix E. Feist Director,Screenwriter
Jack R. Berne Asst. Director
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Hugh Brooke Screenwriter
Eddie Dunstedter Score Composer
Tom Gries Producer
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Boris Leven Production Designer
Terry Miles Makeup
Harry Redmond Special Effects
Curt Siodmak Original Story
Herbert L. Strock Editor

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