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Donovan's Brain (1953)
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Donovan's Brain (1953) yet another version of Curt Siodmak's novel about an honest scientist who keeps the brain of a ruthless dead millionaire (Donovan) alive in a tank. Donovan manages to impose his powerful will on the scientist, and uses him to murder his enemies.

Title: Donovan's Brain
Release Date: September 30, 1953
Runtime: 83 mins
Genre: Sci-Fi
All Genres: Sci-Fi, Horror
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Buried.com Rating: 6.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D

MPAA Rating: Approved

Felix E. Feist

Lew Ayres ...Dr. Patrick J. Cory
Gene Evans ...Dr. Frank Schratt
Nancy Davis ...Janice Cory
Steve Brodie ...Herbie yocum
Tom Powers ...Donovan's Washington Advisor
Lisa Howard ...Chloe Donovan (as Lisa K. Howard)
James Anderson ...Chief Tuttle (as Kyle James)
Victor Sutherland ...Nathaniel Fuller
Michael Colgan ...Tom Donovan
Peter Adams ...Mr. Webster
Harlan Warde ...Treasury Agent Brooke
Shimen Ruskin ...Tailor
Don Brodie ...Detective Who Follows Dr. Cory from Hotel
William Cottrell ...Dr. Crane
John Hamilton ...Mr. MacNish, Bank Manager
Sam Harris ...Extra in Fuller's Office
Paul Hoffman ...Mr. Smith, Treasury Dept.
Stapleton Kent ...W. J. Higgins
Faith Langley ...Fuller's Receptionist
Mark Lowell ...Allied Supply Clerk
Walter Merrill ...Town House Desk Clerk
Charles Sullivan ...Auto Passenger at Accident Scene
Max Wagner ...Station Agent

Allan Dowling
Tom Gries
Herbert L. Strock

Curt Siodmak
Hugh Brooke
Felix E. Feist

Eddie Dunstedter

Movie Quote(s):
  • Dr. Patrick J. Cory: [after Cory wakes Scratt up from a drunken stupor] My dear Dr. Schratt, you sober up with more [pauses and shrugs] Dr. Patrick J. Cory: grace than anyone I ever saw. You're terrific. C'mon, let's go. Dr. Frank Schratt: Are you kidding? [He hold out his shaking hand] Dr. Frank Schratt: . Look! Nope. Dr. Patrick J. Cory: Frank, don't let me down. Dr. Frank Schratt: What's more useless than a surgeon with a hangover? I'm a drunken zero.! I pass! Dr. Patrick J. Cory: No, you don't. I'd rather have you do a corneal transplant for me drunk than anyone else sober. [Pulls him by the arm] Dr. Patrick J. Cory: Let's go boy. Dr. Frank Schratt: You're brilliant but not normal. Dr. Patrick J. Cory: [Laughs] So are you, but are you and who is?
  • Dr. Patrick J. Cory: Perhaps I'll cure Frank and every other alcoholic if I can solve the mystery of Donovan's Brain. I think it's a matter of chemistry how the brain thinks. The problem is to find out what chemical combinations are responsible for success... failure... happiness... misery. Janice Cory: Sounds impossible. Dr. Patrick J. Cory: But it is not. It can't be. There has to be a way.
Movie Trivia:
  • Orson Welles played the part of Dr. Corey in "Donovan's Brain" on the only two-part broadcast ever produced on radio's "Suspense", 18 May and 25 May 1944.
  • Writer Curt Siodmak was also set to direct, but at the last minute he was replaced by Felix E. Feist.
  • The sign on the door of the attorney's office includes a "B. Chapman, CPA." Ben Chapman was the film's production supervisor.
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