Donovan's Brain

Synopsis: Yet another version of Curt Siodmak's novel about an honest scientist who keeps the brain of a ruthless dead millionaire (Donovan) alive in a tank. Donovan manages to impose his powerful will on the scientist, and uses him to murder his enemies.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Felix E. Feist
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

He's cold.

We'll be home

in a couple of minutes.

His teeth are chattering.

You gonna make friends

with this one, too?

He is cold.

Come here.

He's relaxing.

He likes me.

Me, too.



Aw, Jan,

you know how much

this means to me.

Get with it, will you, baby?


Hey, Frank!



Oh, Frank.

Come on.

Ok, colonel. Ok.

Lay off. Stop it.

Ready for duty.

Always ready.

Yes, sir, colonel.

Jan, put on some coffee.

Don't I always put

a pot of coffee on the stove

before I pass out?

There's lots of coffee.

Oh, my dear

Dr. Schratt,

you sober up with more grace

than anybody I ever saw.

You're terrific.

Come on, let's go.

Are you kiddin'?



Frank, don't let me down.

What's more useless than

a surgeon with a hangover?

I'm a drunken zero.

I pass.

No, you don't.

I'd rather have you

do a corneal transplant

for me drunk

than anybody else sober.

Let's go, boy.

You're brilliant,

but not normal.

Heh heh. So are you,

but are you, and who is?



Come on, boy.

Hit the showers.

Turn in your suit.

Get me a long carotid

this time, will you?

Yes, indeed.

Clean to the last teeny pore.


junior's falling asleep.


Look, he's the first

who's not scared.

That's a break for us.

Less problem with clots.

Pat, couldn't I keep him

as a pet?

I thought I was your pet.

Set him on the table, honey.

He's so young, so trusting.

He trusts me.

Must be just a baby.


The others were too old.

Maybe that's why we failed.

This is your fifth try.

It seems so pointless.

4 wasted lives.

Monkey lives,

and is it pointless

for animals to help

save human life?

One soldier, one mother

in an auto accident,

one half-drowned boy,

one baby girl feverish

with freckles and a dimple.

You're right, darling.

I'm being silly.

Thanks, dear.

Now go make us

one of those wonderful

stews, will you?

She is really something.

So are you, pal.

Ok, you're on.

This is the day.

I feel it.

Me, too.

In about 30 minutes,

we'll have a monkey brain...


Well, yes or no?

Frank, the pump.

Now the motor.

Jan, check the oscillograph.

For the fifth and last time,

I hope, nothing.

Keep watching it.

Frank, up 5 microvolts.

An Alpha curve.

Faint, but it's here.

Up 5 more.

The curve's firm and normal.

Honey, take a look.

It's something, kids.

A brain without a body...


It's wonderful.

Great work, Frank.


Terrific, but

I'm glad it's over.

All set, darling.

Immediately upon removal,

2 electrodes fastened

to cortical tissue.

If that's for me, I'm not here.


No, Dr. Schratt's

not here.

Well, I don't know

about Dr. Cory.

Oh, hold on a minute.

Pat, it's the chief ranger.

There's been

an airplane accident.

He thinks some of the passengers

may still be alive.

Why don't they get Frank?

He'll be in town

in a half an hour.

That half hour might

save a human life.

This is Cory.

I'll be glad to help.

Where do I meet you?

I'll be there

as quickly as possible.

Honey, take care of things.

Notes of everything, huh?

I'll watch every second.


Ok, boys.

Set him down.

He'll never make it

to the hospital.

What about your place, doc?

It's only a couple of miles.

I don't think he has a chance,

but it's worth a try.


This way, fellas.

Still living?


Same as when you left.

What about the wreck?

Three dead, one survivor.

He's in bad shape.

Give me a hand with this, boys.

Put the head right over here.

Jan, give them scissors.

Easy now, fellas.

Fast as you can,

cut away the clothes.

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Felix E. Feist

Felix Ellison Feist (; February 28, 1910 – September 2, 1965) was an American film and television director and writer born in New York City. more…

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