The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936)

62m 37s
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British science fiction/horror film directed by Robert Stevenson.

Plot Summary

Brilliant but mad scientist Dr Laurience experiments in transferring minds from one body to another and sets out for when his patron refuses to continue funding his work.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Robert Stevenson
© [not given on screen]
A Gainsborough picture. Gaumont-British Picture Corpn. Ltd. presents. Controlled throughout the United Kingdom and Irish Free State by Gaumont British Distributors Ltd.
Producer: Michael Balcon *
Associate Producers: Edward Black *, Sidney Gilliat *
Screen Play: L. DuGarde Peach, Sidney Gilliat, John Balderston
Photography: Jack Cox
Editing: R.E. Dearing, Alfred Roome
Musical Direction: Louis Levy
[Sound] Recordist: W.Salter
Recorded by: British Acoustic Film full-range recording system at Islington, London
Dresses: Molyneux
Make-up: Roy Ashton *
Art Director: Vetchinsky [real name: Alex Vetchinsky]
Studio: Gainsborough Studios, England, UK *

Boris Karloff (Doctor Laurience)
John Loder (Dick Haslewood)
Anna Lee (Doctor Clare Wyatt)
Frank Cellier (Lord Haselwood)
Donald Calthrop (Clayton)
Cecil Parker (Dr Gratton)
Lyn Harding (Professor Holloway)
Clive Morton *
Brian Pawley *
D.J. Williams *

Alternative Titles

The Brainsnatcher
Doctor Maniac Who Lived Again
Dr Maniac
El hombre que trocó su mente
– Spain
The Man Who Lived Again
Der Mann, der sein Gehirn austauschte
– Germany



  • Film Weekly vol.16 no.417 (10 October 1936) p.32 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.1535 (17 September 1936) – note
  • Kine Weekly vol.394 no.2226 (29 December 1949) p.13 – review
  • London Reporter vol.1 no.23 (21 April 1936) – note
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.3 no.33 (September 1936) p.148 – credits, synopsis, review


  • After Dracula: The 1930s Horror Film by Alison Peirse pp.2-3, 11, 55, 122-123, 126-127, 137-140, 145-147, 176, 179, 181
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.96
  • Boris Karloff: A Critical Account of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen pp.154-162 *; 377
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan pp.108-109 – credits, synopsis
  • Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties by Tom Johnson pp.137; 197 – note; credits
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.24, 24-25, 148, 357
  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Sennp.377-386
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.309