They Saved Hitler’s Brain (1963)

Article 2798 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-4-2009
Posting Date: 4-11-2009
Directed by David Bradley
Featuring Walter Stocker, Audrey Caire, Carlos Rivas
Country: USA

A scientist who knows the formula for an antidote to a poison gas is kidnapped. His family follows the trail of his kidnapping to the small country of Mandoras, where a gang of Nazis keep a sinister secret…

Some secret – the title gives it away. Incidentally, THE MADMEN OF MANDORAS (the source from which this movie was cobbled together) is treated as a separate entity by IMDB, so I will give it its own separate review when the time comes. I saw it once many years ago, when my attempt to buy this version of the movie resulted in getting that one. Until I rewatch it, all I can remember about it was that, outside a couple of campy moments, it was a dull movie.

This version was doctored up for television release, adding new footage about a couple of agents of the CID who are on the trail of the kidnappers of the doctor. Just why this footage was added is a mystery; maybe it was intended to add more action to the story. As it is, it only adds confusion and a sense of weirdness, as it is patently obvious that the new footage does not match the footage of MANDORAS in any way. Furthermore, I’m sure the date above cannot be trusted for this TV release version; the hairstyles and fashions in the new footage are obviously from several years later.

Still, it doesn’t really change much. Though the movie has a reputation as one of the great bad movies, it really only has a great bad title and a couple of campy scenes that entertain; the rest is snoozefest incarnate. I suspect that I’ll end up saying much the same about THE MADMEN OF MANDORAS when it comes time to tackle that one as well.


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