Donovan's Brain (1953 film)

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Donovan's Brain
Directed by Felix E. Feist
Produced by Allan Dowling, Tom Gries
Screenplay by Felix E. Feist (from Hugh Brooke's adaptation)
Based on Donovan's Brain (1942) by Curt Siodmak
Starring Lew Ayres, Gene Evans, Nancy Davis, Steve Brodie
Music by Eddie Dunstedter
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Edited by Herbert L. Strock
Dowling Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
30 September 1953
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Donovan's Brain is an American sci-fi horror film about unethical experimentation on a human brain, removed from the body of an accident victim and kept alive in an electrically-charged saline solution, and the psychic consequences that befall the scientist responsible. Originally released in 1953, the film was directed by Felix E. Feist from a screenplay based on Curt Siodmak's 1942 novel of the same name.


  • Lew Ayres as Dr. Patrick Cory
  • Nancy Davis as Janice Cory
  • Gene Evans as Dr. Frank Schratt
  • Steve Brodie as Yocum
  • Tom Powers as Donovan's Washington Advisor
  • Lisa Howard as Chloe Donovan
  • James Anderson (Kyle James) as Chief Tuttle
  • Victor Sutherland as Nathaniel Fuller
  • Michael Colgan as Tom Donovan
  • Peter Adams as Mr. Webster
  • Harlan Warde as Treasury Agent Brooke
  • Shimen Ruskin as Tailor


Two other film adaptations of Siodmak's Donovan's Brain: