Donovan’s Brain (1953)

USA, 1953
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Felix Feist.

Plot Summary

A scientist keeps the brain of a dead millionaire alive in a tank but finds that Donovan’s will is too strong to resist and ends up being compelled to murder the dead man’s enemies.


Directed by: Felix Feist
Copyright MCMLIII [1953] by Dowling Productions, Inc.
Allan Dowling presents
Produced by: Tom Gries
Production Supervisor: Ben Chapman
Screenplay by: Felix Feist
Adapted by: Hugh Brooke
From the novel Donovan’s Brain by Curt Siodmak
Assistant Director: Jack R. Berne
Script Supervisor: Mary Chaffee
Director of Photography: Joseph Biroc
Film Editor: Herbert L. Strock
Music Score Composed and Conducted by: Eddie Dunstedter
Sound Mixer: Earl Snyder
Sound Effects Editor: Bill Naylor
Western Electric Recording
Men’s Wardrobe: Chuck Keehne
Wardrobe Furnished by: Kuppenheimer
Makeup Artist: Terry Miles
Hair Stylist: Ruby Felker
Special Effects: Harry Redmond Jr
Production Designed by: Boris Leven
Set Decorator: Edward G. Boyle
Assistant to Producer: Herbert L. Strock

Lew Ayres [Dr Patrick J. Cory]
Gene Evans [Dr Frank Schratt]
Nancy Davis [Janice Cory]
Steve Brodie [Herbie Yocum]
Tom Powers [Donovan’s Washington Advisor]
Lisa K. Howard [Chloe Donovan]
Kyle James [real name: James Anderson] [Chief Tuttle]
Victor Sutherland [Nathaniel Fuller]
Michael Colgan [Tom Donovan]
Peter Adams [Mr Webster]
Harlan Warde [Treasury Agent Brooke]
Shimen Ruskin [tailor]

Alternative Titles

Donovans Hirn – West German title
Donovans hjärna – Swedish title
Experiência Diabólica – Brazilian title
Toisen miehen aivot – Finnish title


Castle of Frankenstein no.4 p.7
Castle of Frankenstein 1967 Annual p.39
The Film Daily vol.104 no.71 (9 October 1953) p.10
The Hollywood Reporter vol.126 no.18 (30 September 1953) p.4
Kinematograph Weekly no.2428 (7 January 1954) p.17
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.21 no.241 (February 1954) p.23
Motion Picture Herald vol.190 no.8 (21 February 1953) p.32
Motion Picture Herald vol.193 no.2 (10 October 1953) p.2023
Today’s Cinema vol.82 no.6919 (1 January 1954) p.8
Variety 7 October 1953

Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) pp.137-138
English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.110
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.307-309