Dr. Cyclops

Synopsis: Four explorers are summoned to Peru by the brilliant physicist Dr Thorkel. They discover a rich source of radium and a half-mad Thorkel who shrinks them down to one-fifth their normal size when they threaten to stop his unorthodox experimentation.
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
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77 min

How much longer will you struggle

before you realize you can never do it?

No longer, my dear Mendoza,

because I have done it.

It still lives.

Look. Look for yourself.


You see?

I used sufficient radium

to tear it to shreds,

and yet I have been able to keep it alive.

You must stop at once.

Destroy your slides. Burn your notes.

Are you ill?

You must listen to me before it is too late.

When I discovered this

gigantic radium deposit,

I thought first of you, of Dr. Thorkel,

my teacher,

of Dr. Thorkel, the great biologist.

I sent for you to counsel me.

I began to imagine, here in the jungle,

the Thorkel Institute,

a palace of healing to which all might come.


Are we then country doctors?

You do not realize what we have here.

In our very hands

we have the cosmic force of creation itself.

In our very hands we can shape life,

take it apart, put it together again.

Mold it like putty.

But what you are doing is mad.

It is diabolic.

You are tampering with powers

reserved to God.

(CHUCKLING) That is good.

That is very good.

That is just what I am doing.

Well, I will not permit it.

Are you forgetting who is master

and who is pupil?

No, and therefore, I beg you

to renounce this great evil.

You would interfere with my work?

I must. All this is mine, and I forbid it.

You forbid.



Certainly Grossmith can take over

your lectures.

I'm not concerned about that, but...

Dr. Thorkel would not have sent for me

to join him unless it were something

of the utmost importance.

You know Dr. Thorkel only by reputation.

I worked with him one winter

at the Institute.

He's a very strange man,

abnormally secretive about his experiments.

And now that, for two years,

he has buried himself

in a camp in the Amazon jungle,

who knows what his mental state may be.

Dr. Thorkel may be eccentric,

but he is also the greatest

living biologist.

I shall be glad to help him if I can.

I still wish you were not going.


But, Mr. Stockton, we have

already come 10,000 miles.

Please make an effort

to grasp our situation.

I can grasp it without any effort.

Your Dr. Hardy couldn't stand this altitude,

and I'm the only other

mineralogist this side of Lima.

The answer's still no.

We were warned that any of the usual ways

of offering you work would fail.

Who did me that favor?

We naturally went to the Consul.

What did he say?

As American consul, he merely admitted

you were on an extended vacation.

But as your friend,

he now admits he's only been

doing you harm in buying up your IOUs.

You pick up things quick, don't you?

So, now, Mr. Stockton,

which would you rather do,

go to jail, or go to work?



I couldn't rent these mules to my mother.

I'd like to help you.

We do not need your help.

But we did hire these mules by cable,

more than a month ago.

Too bad.

Since then, I bought them.

I'm a mining man and I got use for them.

Will you please listen

while I endeavor to explain?


I am a biologist.

Sure, a bug hunter.

Dr. Alexander Thorkel,

whom we are on our way to join,

is also a bug... A biologist.

He's been doing field work

for the last two years

in his camp on the Karana River.

That's a tough country,

and a long time to chase butterflies.

You don't seem to realize

that Dr. Thorkel is the greatest living

authority on organic molecular structure.

I guess there's nothing

like learning a trade.

You got me. Now let's see you get him.

Do you want more money for your mules?

I suppose you're a doc, too.

If it isn't money, what is it you want?

I want to go along.

Oh, but this is most irregular.

Dr. Thorkel sent for

three selected people, and three only.

Suit yourself.

If the mules go, I go.






Mr. Doctor Thorkel.

What is it?

The people is come.




Where is Dr. Thorkel?

Did you see on the trail a horse with spots?

No. No kind of a horse.

He is gone.




My dog, he must not get lost, too.

Then tie him up.

Is Dr. Thorkel not here?

He is come right now.

Dr. Bulfinch, you honor me in coming.

The honor is mine

in being asked to join you, Dr. Thorkel.

You must be Dr. Robinson.

You were very brave to come.

I was glad to.

Dr. Hardy, you look rather

younger than I expected.

Sorry to disappoint you,

but I'm not Dr. Hardy. I'm Bill Stockton.

Dr. Hardy became ill,

so we enlisted Mr. Stockton's services.

I am sure you are well-qualified.

My past was well looked into.

Funny sort of dump to find way

down here in the woods.

I don't recall a fourth.

Hello, Doc.

Mr. Baker owns and operates the mules.

He insisted on coming to look after them.

It was very kind of you to help us.

Dr. Bulfinch, your last work

on the molecular structure of organic tissue

convinced me that no one was

so fitted to collaborate

with me at this stage of my labors.

I am twice honored.

You can only imagine how welcome you are

when I explain to you that I sent for you

because my eyes will no longer permit

me to use the microscope.


Couldn't something be done

for them if you went back to specialists?

No. I must stay here till my work is done.

Now, are you altogether too fatigued

to attack our first problem at once?

Of course not.

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