DONOVAN'S BRAIN
   Film (1953). Dowling Productions/United Artists. Dir Felix Feist, starring Lew Ayres, Gene Evans, Nancy Davis. Screenplay Feist, based on Donovan's Brain (1943) by Curt SIODMAK. 83 mins. B/w.
   One of three films based on Siodmak's novel of the same name, the others being The LADY AND THE MONSTER (1944) and VENGEANCE (vt The Brain) (1963). A scientist keeps a dead businessman's brain artificially alive, but it has an evil, telepathic influence over him. Feist, whose previous sf film was DELUGE (1933), directs unspectacularly, but gets a good performance from Ayres, who accomplishes the transitions from his natural to his possessed state very well. The female lead later married Ronald Reagan. Despite its sf elements, the film is more GOTHIC than scientific - the brain itself is ludicrous. DB was parodied in The MAN WITH TWO BRAINS (1983).
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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