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The Madmen of Mandoras (Amazing Mr. H ) (1963)

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Science goes too far as one of the greatest villains of the 20th century makes a last stand in South America in this crackpot thriller. After government scientists develop a new and virulent variety of nerve gas, Professor John Coleman (John Holland) sets out to create an antidote until he mysteriously disappears. Coleman's daughter Kathy (Audrey Caire) and her husband, Phil Day (Walter Stocker), who works in U.S. intelligence, begin to suspect foul play; they're approached by a man named Teo (Carlos Rivas) who is trying to tell them about the professor and a strange place called Mandoras when he's suddenly shot to death. With no other clues to follow, Kathy and Phil travel to the tiny Latin American nation of Mandoras, where Kathy happens to meet her hepcat sister, Suzanne (Dani Lynn), at a nightclub. Suzanne tells Kathy and Phil that she and the professor had been kidnapped, and when they're introduced to Teo's brother Camino (also played by Rivas), they learn of a bizarre plot. According to Camino, scientists in a secret lab on Mandoras have kept the disembodied head of Adolf Hitler (Bill Freed) alive in a jar, and under the orders of "Mr. H" they're engaged in a deadly scheme to take over the world and resurrect the Third Reich. The film Madmen of Mandoras received a brief theatrical release in 1963; later, when it was sold to television, the movie (running a brief 74 minutes) was padded with additional sequences, reported shot by a group of film students, that feature a completely different cast and don't at all resemble the shadowy visual style of the original movie. The strange variant television cut of the film gained a cult following under its title, They Saved Hitler's Brain.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Walter Stocker
as Phil Day
Audrey Caire
as Kathy Coleman 'K.C.' Day
Carlos Rivas
as Camino Padua/Teo Padua
John Holland
as Prof. John Coleman
Dani Lynn
as Suzanne
Marshall Reed
as Frank Dvorak
Nestor Paiva
as Police Chief Alaniz
Scott Peters
as David Garrick
Pedro Regas
as Padua
Keith Dahle
as Tom Sharon
Bill Freed
as Mr. H.
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The original version of They Saved Hitler's Brain, entitled The Madmen of Mandoras, isn't much better than its re-edited counterpart. The added scenes certainly didn't help the re-edit of the film... it was just bad to begin with. There are no recognizable actors (to me anyways) and the story is pretty humdrum. However bad it may be, it does have some unintentional comedic value. The scene where one of the rebels tells of Hitler's experiments is particularly bad. Watching an actor waiting for his next cue to deliver dialogue is a hoot to see. This actually came in a set with the re-edit, and since I haven't watched They Saved Hitler's Brain in a while, I may watch it again soon for a proper comparison between the two versions. Overall, it's not at all good, but it does have some funny things about it that makes it worth at least one watch.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

This was really weird. I couldn't get into it and I wouldn't watch it again.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

½

Read an article recently and found out that Bill Freed who plays Hitler in this forgotten film just died so had to see this film again. And its about what I remembered, not really a good story, or good effects, but for some reason I like it. Bill Freed really hams it up in the pre Hitler head parts and once he is just a head (ala The Brain that Wouldnt Die) his facial expressions are priceless. Other then that this film does not have a lot going for it, the plot is pointless at best seems that Hitler lived by having his head removed and escaping to a small tropical island. His followers then work on getting a gas ready that will kill almost the entire world but when they found out that an American has a antidote then they kidnap him to get it from him and to I presume keep it from everybody else... and after that it gets even sillier. So sit back and dont try to make sense of it and appreciate the only role of Bill Freed RIP.

Josh Hitch
Josh Hitch

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