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Genre  Sci-Fi, Horror
Story by  Curt Siodmak
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Director  Felix E. Feist
Screenplay  Felix E. Feist
Country  United States
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Writer  Curt Siodmak, Felix E. Feist
Release date  September 30, 1953 (1953-09-30)
Cast  Lew Ayres (Dr. Patrick J. Cory), Gene Evans (Dr. Frank Schratt), Nancy Reagan (Janice Cory), Steve Brodie (Herbie Yocum), Tom Powers (Donovan's Washington Advisor), Lisa Howard (Chloe Donovan)
Similar movies  Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Black Sleep, Grotesque, Beyond the Black Rainbow, Suddenly, Last Summer
Tagline  A dead man's brain in a hidden laboratory told him to KILL... KILL... KILL

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Donovan's Brain is an independently made 1953 black-and-white science fiction horror film, produced by Allan Dowling and Tom Gries, directed by Felix E. Feist, that stars Lew Ayres and Nancy Davis. The film was distributed by United Artists and is based on the 1942 horror novel Donovan's Brain by Curt Siodmak.


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The story involves an attempt to keep alive the brain of millionaire megalomaniac W.H. Donovan after an otherwise fatal plane crash. The brain has other ideas and begins to possess people.

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Dr. Patrick Cory and his wife Janice live in a mountain retreat where Cory attempts to keep a monkey's brain alive after having been removed from the monkey's skull.

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The private plane of businessman William Donovan crashes near Cory's cabin, and rescuers request Cory's help. Donovan is seriously injured and not expected to live, so Cory takes the businessman's brain for experimentation. Cory manages to keep the brain alive in an electrified saline solution. After writing messages in Donovan's handwriting while he is sleeping, Cory believes Donovan's consciousness still survives and he attempts to communicate with the brain.

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Gradually, Cory begins to exhibit Donovan's personality traits such as smoking cigars, using ruthless personal manipulation, and walking with a limp. Janice and Frank Schratt, Cory's friend and assistant, suspect that Donovan's consciousness is using telepathic mind control to overpower Cory's free will. In the meantime, news photographer Yocum discovers that Cory has illegally stolen Donovan's brain and demands money to keep the secret.

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Donovan's brain grows increasingly powerful, using Cory to collect a financial fortune and taking control of Yocum's mind and forcing him into a fatal car crash. After realizing that Donovan can control only one person at a time, Janice and Frank plot to destroy the brain. However, Frank's plan goes wrong when Donovan forces Frank to shoot himself. Ultimately, lightning strikes the Cory home and a fire breaks out, burning Donovan's brain and bringing an end to the horror.


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  • Lew Ayres as Dr. Patrick Cory
  • Nancy Davis as Janice Cory
  • Gene Evans as Dr. Frank Schratt
  • Steve Brodie as Yocum

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