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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Felix Feist, Hugh Brooke, Felix E. Feist, Hugh Brooke
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 1, 2009
MGM Home Entertainment

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Lew Ayres
as Dr. Patrick 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
Nancy Davis
as Janice Cory
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Critic Reviews for Donovan's Brain

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A potentially risible idea is handled in satisfactory fashion.

Full Review… | March 26, 2016
Creative Loafing

So-so adaptation of the Curt Siodmak novel

August 14, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

March 1, 2008
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

July 29, 2007
Echo Magazine

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

Super Reviewer

I watched this movie expecting your typical classic horror movie schlock, which I got, but I was also pleasently surprised. This movie actually had a strong sense of atmosphere and quick-witted dialogue. A neat little gem of a movie.

Brandon Schmidt

Definitely a bit hokey, but still quite interesting. Good cast, except for Nancy Davis Reagan, the bitch. The plot is clever. Rather dated, but I am sure it was quite powerful in 1953.

James Higgins

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