The Brain Machine

The Brain Machine

Ken Hughes (1954)

U Certificate


Our Score
A British B-movie that begins, promisingly, in sci-fi mode but soon lapses into routine thrillerdom, a typical product of the old Merton Park studios. The machine of the title, known as an "electroencephalograph", is attached to an accident victim who may also be a psychopath. Despite its cheap production values and leaden acting from Patrick Barr, Elizabeth Allan and Maxwell Reed, the picture has a trashy energy that can be enjoyed if you disengage your own brain. Writer/director Ken Hughes went on to bigger things such as The Trials of Oscar Wilde and Cromwell.


A scientist discovers a disturbing link between a murderer whose brain she is studying and an amnesiac whose life is in danger. Thriller, with Maxwell Reed and Patrick Barr.

Cast & Crew

Actor Maxwell Reed
Actor Patrick Barr
Actor Elizabeth Allan
Actor Russell Napier
Director Ken Hughes

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Anglo AmalgamatedAvailable on: video