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Donovan's Brain (1953)




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Based on the novel by Curt Siodmak, this horror film follows scientist Dr. Patrick J. Cory's (Lew Ayres) discovery of a method to keep disembodied brains alive. However, when Cory gets a hold of the brain of a ruthless businessman who was killed in a plane crash, the brain takes on a power of its own and threatens to take control of the body and actions of the scientist.

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Lew Ayres
as Dr. Patrick Cory
Nancy Reagan
as Janice Cory
Gene Evans
as Dr. Frank Schratt
Lisa Howard
as Chloe Donovan
Tom Powers
as Advisor
Michael Colgan
as Tom Donovan
Kyle James
as Ranger Chief Tuttle
Stapleton Kent
as W.J. Higgins
Peter Adams
as Mr. Webster
Victor Sutherland
as Nathaniel Fuller
John Hamilton
as Mr. MacNish
Harlan Warde
as Mr. Booke
Paul Hoffman
as Mr. Smith
Tony Merrill
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Faith Langley
as Receptionist
Mark Lowell
as Supply Company Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Donovan's Brain

All Critics (12)

Silly without ever being very effective, what's most interesting about Siodmak's initial text is the far-reaching cinematic influence over schlocky B-grade sci-fi it would have.

October 9, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A potentially risible idea is handled in satisfactory fashion.

March 26, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

So-so adaptation of the Curt Siodmak novel

August 14, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Donovan's Brain


A pretty good movie which mixes elements of different horror/ sci-fi mad scientist movies. I liked it for the most part.

Aj V
Aj V

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