This week’s mystery movie has been the 1958 British production “Fiend Without a Face” or the “The Flying Brains Movie,” made by Amalgamated and released by MGM. With Marshall Thompson, Kynaston Reeves, Kim Parker, Stanley Maxted, Terence Kilburn, James Dyrenforth, Robert MacKenzie, Gil Winfield, Launce Maraschal, Kerrigan Prescott, Peter Madden, Michael Balfour, R. Meadows White and Lala Lloyd.
The screenplay was by Herbert J. Leder from an original story by Amelia Reynolds Long. Set design was by John Elphick, special effects by Ruppel & Nordhoff, and Peter Neilson, camera operator was Leo Rogers, dress supervisor was Anna Duse, makeup by Jim Hydes, hairdressing by Barbara Barnard. Music by Buxton Orr, conducted by Frederic Lewis, produced by John Croydon and directed by Arthur Crabtree.
“Fiend Without a Face” is available on DVD from the Criterion Collection.
Writing in the New York Times (July 4, 1958), Richard W. Nason said:
A far less ambitious but slightly more effective film (than the top-billed “The Haunted Strangler”) is “Fiend Without a Face.” This deals with some invisible creatures created by the will of an eccentric scientist who has gone into retirement near an atomic energy installation. These creatures are sustained by atomic energy and multiply by drawing vampire-like the brains from living humans.
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This unfortunate victim of the flying brains appears to be Eddie Boyce, although he is not identified in IMDB. Perhaps a member of the Brain (hahaha) Trust can inform IMDB – I have abandoned any hope of getting them to make updates or fix mistakes.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman. She does not approve of such goings-on.
Update: This is Lala Lloyd.
Update: This is Kynaston Reeves.
If we are seeing our mystery leading man and mystery leading lady on Thursday, who’s left to be Friday’s mystery guest? I guess you’ll just have to come back tomorrow and find out.
Update: This is Marshall Thompson and Kim Parker.
Brain Trust roll call: Victor H. Brown (Wednesday’s mystery mad scientist) and Sylvia E. (right genre).
For Friday, our mystery creatures…
Brain Trust (hahahahahaha) roll call: Gary (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery couple), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery couple), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery couple), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery gent), Benito (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mysterious mad scientist and Thursday’s mystery couple), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Tuesday’s through Thursday’s mystery guests), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Tuesday’s through Thursday’s mystery guests) and Sylvia E. (mystery movie and Tuesday’s through Thursday’s mystery guests. I was hoping that someone in the Brain – hahahah- Trust could identify Monday’s mystery gent and your guess looks like a good one).