The Man Who Changed His Mind
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and karloff of course great. the release of this and a mint print of THE GHOUL add greatly to the karloff oeuvre of the 30s.
now when are they going to release THE BLACK CAT and THE RAVEN on DVD???????
The film begins with a young couple, Dr. Clare Wyatt and Dick Haslewood, discussing Clare's imminent departure to go and work with the well known, but now reclusive, brain specialist Dr. Laurience. It's a great opportunity for Clare, but Dick feels uneasy about it, and uses the chance to badger Clare with his endless proposals of marriage, which contain all the charm of asking one what'd they like for lunch. He's a real smooth one, that Dick...oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention Dick is a news reporter, and the newspaper he writes for is also owned by his father, Lord Haslewood (I don't think Lord is his name but more like his title, as the English are apt to lavish such things on you if you got the dough). A classic case of nepotism? Sure looks that way to me...anyhow, Dick decides to follow (can you say stalker?) Clare out to the small village where Dr. Laurience is holed up on the pretense that maybe there's a story to be had, but we all know he's jonsin' for the Clare.Read more ›
At the start we have a female scientist (Anna Lee, plays it cute!) who gets razzed for not being married to the son of a newspaper magnate and who ever heard of a female scientist anyway *wink *wink. But she shows them -- she goes to work for Boris (Dr. Laurience)!
Karloff's character picks her as an assistant to his experiments on brain theory. The others in the community consider him a bit of a fraud. But he successfully transfers the mind of two chimps. Things are looking up.
They are, until the newspaper magnate, Lord Haselwood (a pompous dork who we have no mercy nor sympathy) takes over the slightly mad scientist, gives him a new lab and takes Karloff's character's wheelchaired friend along for laughs.
The big announcement of the "Brain Genius" having a great lecture sponsored by the newspaper is made. And is it! From kites flying celebrating the event to posters splashed all over England. Brain genius! And he gets laughed out of the auditorium.
This I don't get -- why not show his lab results and have the woman scientist be a witness to his success rather than laughing him out of the lab!
To make a long story short, we have Boris deciding to change a few minds of his own and use his technique for the good of himself! Death ensues and only the woman can save the day! Nice lesson.
The film does several things here: the criticism of the English news media, the pompous arrogance of the media industry and pushing the envelope of women's' rights in the field of science. The film ends with some chatter of the sanctity of the human mind. OK, fine.Read more ›
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The acting is very good as is the picture and sound. The plot is a good one, but like all B movies of this time frame it is to short. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Midnight Hour
Great over-the-top performances on this beautifully remastered print. A surprisingly good supporting cast boosts this very intering British quota quickie.Published on July 29, 2013 by duke1029
The Man Who Changed His Mind is a magnificent early science-fiction movie featuring Boris Karloff as Dr. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Citizen Prometheus
Boris Karloff! Mind transplants! Headstrong female scientists! 30s sci-fi horror! A watchable yet seldom seen film! What's not to like? Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by Mithridates VI of Pontus
Nice indeed! This is an excellent science fiction movie from 1936 starring Boris Karloff and Anna Lee. Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by The Queen of Noirs
Boris Karloff was one of the breed of distinguished actors who always gave a fine performance regardless of the material handed him. Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by Casey62
In this Frankenstein-like tale, Dr. Clare Wyatt [Anna Lee] gives up an esteemed position in a London hospital to work with an "eccentric" scientist, Dr. Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by Channel KDK12
Excellent DVD release of a great Karloff film. Shanachie did such a good job on this release, I wish they would do more of these older films. Good print and no logos.Published on May 2, 2009 by larryj1