The Man Who Changed His Mind
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Produced by the British Gaumont Studios in 1936, THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND is about a mad scientist ( Karloff ) who discovers a method of transfering minds from one person to another. When the scientific community ridicules his claims, he decides to use his invention for his own evil intentions.
At a compact running time of 65 minutes, this film manages to pack into its plot more twists and turns than many others twice that length, and yet none of it ever feels like it was shoehorned to fit. Well directed and atmospherically photographed, THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND ranks right up there with the classic Universal horror films from the same period. Karloff is a delight, pulling out all the stops in what has to be one of his most diabolical portrayals. It's also interesting to see pretty Lila Lee playing opposite Karloff here, since they were to star together again ten years later in Val Lewton's BEDLAM.
The picture and sound quality of this DVD is pristine; reminiscent of the fine disc of Karloff's other British horror classic, THE GHOUL ( 1933 ). If you saw that film, you know what I mean when I say THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND is every bit as good. Don't pass this one up.
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???????
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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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
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
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 morePublished on April 26, 2009 by Keith Mirenberg
This 1 hour gem stars Boris Karloff as a mad scientist switching brains/thoughts of humans to accomplish his goals. Read morePublished on February 18, 2009 by D. Steigman