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The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936)

Boris Karloff , Anna Lee , Robert Stevenson  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, John Loder, Frank Cellier, Donald Calthrop
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Writers: John L. Balderston, L. du Garde Peach, Sidney Gilliat
  • Producers: Michael Balcon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: SHANACHIE
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00016XNZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,693 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man Who Changed His Mind" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Boris Karloff gives a brilliant performance as mad scientist Dr. Laurience, a once-respected researcher of the mind and soul who goes off the deep end when the scientific community rejects his work. He uses his invention to first exact revenge on his enemies, then tries using it to win the heart of his delightful assistant, played by British ingénue Anna Lee. It’s classic Karloff in this unforgettable early horror film.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rarest Of Karloff Classics Is Here! March 16, 2004
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I ordered this DVD without any idea as to it's quality --- the original title for the disc (as opposed to the American release monicker, "The Man Who Lived Again" ) tipped me off that it could be something special. Well, Karloff fans, it is something WONDERFUL, and every bit the Karloff "event" as last year's "The Ghoul". As most of you know, the pic was virtually lost for decades, and the only video source was a well-used 16mm print with the American main title. This DVD is, however, very much the real thing, and it looks and sounds terrific --- it's the major vintage horror release of 2004 (so far), and I dare say it will be hard for anyone to top it. As to the movie, it is one of Karloff's best from any period, and I would recommend this DVD without reservation!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Karloff Films November 12, 2005
Rarely seen in America until its video release, "The Man Who Changed His Mind" (1936) is a Boris Karloff classic worth seeking out. Directed by a pre-Disney Robert Stevenson, this British production showcases one of Karloff's finest performances as a vengeful scientist. Chilling and unforgettable - infinitely superior to most Karloff vehicles from the late 1930s.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KARLOFF THE GREAT! March 25, 2004
this is a wonderful film. fantastic production values from gainsborough films in england, a wonderful print, and a good performance from anna lee, who starred later with karloff in "bedlam." p.s. when are the val lewton films coming out on DVD????
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???????
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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In the English production The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936) aka The Brainsnatcher aka Doctor Maniac Who Lived Again aka Dr. Maniac aka The Man Who Lived Again (whew!), directed by Robert Stevenson, who later went on to direct primarily for Disney on such features as Old Yeller (1957), The Absent Minded Professor (1961), Mary Poppins (1964), The Love Bug (1968) among many others, stars Boris Karloff as Dr. Laurience, a scientist who has perfected a means to remove the content of one's mind, store it, and transfer it to another host body. The film also stars Anna Lee, whose film and television credits, spanning 65 years, are too numerous to mention here, as Dr. Clare Wyatt along with John Loder, another actor with an extensive history in film, as Dick Haslewood.
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.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent classic film November 10, 2005
Simply put, this film is a wonderful way to spend 66 minutes. For those who cherish classic cinema, this is a must. Quality print, excellent sound, and a story that efficiently moves along makes this feature a treat. Karloff the Great does it again!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein-inspired SciFi January 30, 2012
The Man Who Changed His Mind is a magnificent early science-fiction movie featuring Boris Karloff as Dr. Laurience, a scientist who is obsessed with the idea to defeat the process of aging and dying by developing a scientific method to transfer the content of the mind to a different body. After successfully performing his procedure on primates, he is determined to take the next step and apply it to humans. The experiment leads to the desired results and Laurience's disabled assistant Clayton receives the healthy body of Laurience's prior sponsor Lord Hazelwood. Soon it is Laurience's own turn to exchange his mind with Hazelwood's son.

The pre-dominant theme of the mad scientist striving for immortality / rejuvenation takes up the Frankenstein-motif and relates the overall goal of the protagonist to hubris in a similar manner. The movie's increasing suspense results from the growing obsession of Dr. Laurience, especially with his intentions eventually leading him to murder and abuse which soon cause investigators to take up his trace. Finally, the movie reaches a dramatic peak ending in a catastrophe. Except for the underlying death-approving morality which leaves a slightly bitter taste, the movie makes for most exciting entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Karloff -- do not miss... June 7, 2011
Boris Karloff! Mind transplants! Headstrong female scientists! 30s sci-fi horror! A watchable yet seldom seen film! What's not to like?

The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936) is the second Robert Stevenson (later of Disney fame), Anna Lee, and John Loder feature I've seen -- the first, Non-Stop New York (1937) wasn't nearly as good -- I'll chalk that up to the absence of Boris Karloff!

Brief Plot Summary (limited spoilers)

A young brain surgeon Clare Wyatt (a feisty Anna Lee) sets off to work with the once respectable scientist Dr. Laurience (Boris Karloff). Her journalist love interest Dick (John Loder) attempts to follower her but is strongly rebuffed. The typical gender roles have been switched -- the headstrong woman is usually the journalist and the male love interest usually the scientist. Dr. Laurience lives in a crumbling manor with his chimpanzees and a wheelchair bound patient/assistant Clayton (Donald Calthrop). Clayton is suspicious of female scientists and women in general ("all hysterics and can't keep a secret") however Dr. Laurience picked her because she is brilliant in her field.

Dr. Laurience has achieved a scientific breakthrough -- he's able to extract the thought content of the brain and "store it as one stores electricity." In a visually interesting sequence, Dr. Laurience removes the brain of a chimpanzee with a large mechanical contraption (queue electricity currents!) and stores it in a container. In order to prove his theory he decides to transfer the chimpanzee's stored thought content into another animal.

Of course, the doctor eventually wants to switch human brains! Human immortality!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure, hard-to-find British Karloff
Great over-the-top performances on this beautifully remastered print. A surprisingly good supporting cast boosts this very intering British quota quickie.
Published 13 months ago by duke1029
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah. Classic sci-fi romp
Nice indeed! This is an excellent science fiction movie from 1936 starring Boris Karloff and Anna Lee. Read more
Published on May 2, 2011 by The Queen of Noirs
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Mindful of this UK Import!
"The Man Who Changed His Mind" is a UK production with Boris Karloff as the mad scientist.

At the start we have a female scientist (Anna Lee, plays it cute! Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by Scotman's Critic's Corner
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF KARLOFF'S BEST
Boris Karloff was one of the breed of distinguished actors who always gave a fine performance regardless of the material handed him. Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by Casey62
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Karloff movie, finally widely available
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 more
Published on November 28, 2010 by Channel KDK12
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT KARLOFF!!!!!
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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Changed His Mind - Very good non-universal film.
The Man Who Changed His Mind was a four star movie for all fans of Boris Karloff. This film, made in Britain, might have been one of the Universal Mad Scientist series and was a... Read more
Published on April 26, 2009 by Keith Mirenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem - a must for Karloff fans !
This 1 hour gem stars Boris Karloff as a mad scientist switching brains/thoughts of humans to accomplish his goals. Read more
Published on February 18, 2009 by D. Steigman
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Karloff fans
AKA "The Man Who Lived Again." Well done Brit-made thriller, with a very subtle touch of humor, typical of the Brits. Read more
Published on March 10, 2007 by Maxwell Wiley
2.0 out of 5 stars For die-hard Karloff fans only
To be honest, I haven't seen Karloff in more than a couple non-Universal movies, and I'm beginning to think it should stay that way. Read more
Published on November 3, 2006 by R. W. Price
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