This week’s mystery movie has been the 1955 Columbia Pictures film “Creature With the Atom Brain,” with Richard Denning, Angela Stevens, Michael Granger, Linda Bennett, Harry Lauter, Charles Evans, S. John Launer, Gregory Gay, Tristram Coffin, Larry Blake and Pierre Watkin. Story and screenplay by Curt Siodmak, photography by Fred Jackman, art direction by Paul Palmentola, set decoration by Sidney Clifford, special effects by Jack Erickson and music conducted by Mischa Bakaleinikoff. Directed by Edward L. Cahn.
“Creature With the Atom Brain” is available on DVD from Amazon.
Through what must surely be an oversight, neither the New York Times nor the Los Angeles Times reviewed “Creature With the Atom Brain.” The film opened in Los Angeles in June 1955, and in New York in August 1955, as the second half of a double bill with “It Came From Beneath the Sea.” Some shows included the cartoon “When Magoo Flew.”
For Monday, we have two mystery gents.
Update: This is mad scientist Dr. Wilhelm Steigg (Gregory Gay / Gaye) and criminal mastermind Frank Buchanan (Michael Granger).
For Tuesday, we have a mystery girl and a mysterious hand. Also a mysterious doll. Eat your oatmeal, dearie, it has stick-to-your-ribs goodness.
Update: This is Linda Bennett. IMDB says she was born in 1942, which would make her a teenager when this film was released. The hand belongs to S. John Launer.
For Wednesday, we have a mystery broadcast!
Update: This is Richard H. Cutting. Columbia often used KXIW-TV as a phony call sign, especially in “The Monkees,” although nobody in the Brain Trust fell for my misdirection.
For. Thursday. We. Have. A. Mystery. Guest. Yes. A. Mystery. Guest.
Update: This is S. John Launer.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery girl), Pat in Michigan (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery girl), Benito (mystery movie), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie), Earl Boebert (mystery movie), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery girl and Wednesday’s mystery TV newsman), Sarah (mystery movie and mystery TV station), Megan (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery girl — but where are Lee Ann and Thom??) and Sylvia E. (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery mad scientists, Tuesday’s mystery girl and mystery hand).
For. Friday. The. Doll. Gets. It.
Oh. Dear. Our. Mystery. Woman. Does. Not. Approve. Of. Such. Goings. On.
Update: This is Angela Stevens.
No. Early. Morning. Hanky. Panky. For. You. Handsome. Pipe. Smoking. Leading. Man. This. Is. The. 1950s.
Also. Atomic. Zombies. Are. Waiting.
Update: This is Richard Denning.
“Brain” Trust roll call (hahahahaha): Megan (mystery movie), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery girl and Thursday’s mystery gent), Mary Mallory (they are in the mystery movie but in different roles), Sylvia E. (mystery movie screenwriter, Wednesday’s mystery newsman, Thursday’s mystery gent), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery gent), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Thursday’s mystery gent) and L.C. (mystery movie).