The Brain Machine (film)

The Brain Machine is a 1956 British thriller film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Maxwell Reed, Elizabeth Allan and Patrick Barr.[2] [3]

The Brain Machine
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKen Hughes
Written byKen Hughes
Produced byAlec C. Snowden
StarringMaxwell Reed
Elizabeth Allan
Patrick Barr
Russell Napier
CinematographyJosef Ambor
Edited byGeoffrey Muller
Music byRichard Taylor
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated (UK)
RKO Radio Pictures (US)
Release date
  • February 1956 (1956-02) (US)[1]
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A husband and wife team of doctors attempt to stop a dangerously unbalanced man from committing a series of crimes.


The film was made at Merton Park Studios in South London by Anglo-Amalgamated. It was released as a co-feature, as part of a double bill.[4]



Filmink called it " a decent little thriller that feels like it wants to be sci-fi but isn’t."[5]

Berkshire later sued RKO claiming the latter did a poor job distributing.[6]


  1. ^ "The Brain Machine". Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  2. ^
  3. ^ BRAIN MACHINE, The Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 22, Iss. 252, (Jan 1, 1955): 23.
  4. ^ Chibnall & McFarlane p.99
  5. ^ Vagg, Stephen (14 November 2020). "Ken Hughes Forgotten Auteur". Filmink.
  6. ^ "Efforts Not Best". Variety. 10 April 1957. p. 10.


  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

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