Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)

USA, 1955
69m 5s
35mm film, black and white
mono (Western Electric Recording), English

An American science fiction film directed by Edward L. Cahn.


A gangster forces an ex-Nazi scientist to create zombies using radiation so that he can use them to take revenge on his enemies.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Copyright MCMLV [1955] by Columbia Pictures Corporation
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents a Clover production
Producer: Sam Katzman *
Story and Screen Play by: Curt Siodmak
Assistant Director: Eddie Saeta
Director of Photography: Fred Jackman Jr
Film Editor: Aaron Stell
Music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff *, Daniele Amfitheatrof *, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco *, Anthony Collins *, George Duning *, Lucien Moraweck *, Karol Rathaus *, Hans J. Salter *
Music Conducted by: Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Sound: Josh Westmoreland
Special Effects: Jack Erickson
Art Director: Paul Palmentola
Set Decorator: Sidney Clifford
Unit Manager: Leon Chooluck

Richard Denning [Dr Chet Walker]
Angela Stevens [Joyce Walker]
S. John Launer [Captain Dave Harris]
Michael Granger [Frank Buchanan]
Gregory Gay [Dr Wilhelm Steigg]
Linda Bennett [Penny Walker]
Tristram Coffin [D.A. MacGraw]
Harry Lauter [1st reporter]
Larry Blake [2nd reporter]
Charles Evans [Chief Camden]
Pierre Watkin [Mayor Bremer]
Nelson Leigh [Dr Kenneth Norton] *
Lane Chandler [General Saunders] *
Edward Coch [Jason Franchot] *
Karl ‘Killer’ Davis [Willard Pearce] *
Don C. Harvey [Lester Banning] *
Paul Hoffmann [Vernon Dunn] *
Charles Horvath [creature] *

Alternative Titles

Banditi atomici – Italy



  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.135 no.7 (17 June 1955) p.3 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2550 (28 June 1956) p.22 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.23 no.271 (August 1956) p.103 – credits, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.199 no.12 (18 June 1955) p.483 – review
  • Today’s Cinema vol.86 n7551 (26 June 1956) p.10 – review
  • Variety 22 June 1955 – review


  • Hoffman’s Guide to Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.82 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.78 – credits