The Man With Two Brains
THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS (15)
D: Carl Reiner
Warner Bros./Aspen (David V. Picker & William E. McEuen)
W: Steve Martin, Carl Reiner & George Gipe
DP: Michael Chapman
Ed: Bud Molin
Mus: Joel Goldsmith
Steve Martin (Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr), Kathleen Turner (Dolores Benedict), David Warner (Dr. Necessiter), Paul Benedict (Butler), Richard Brestoff (Dr. Pasteur), James Cromwell (Realtor), Sissy Spacek (Anne Uumellmahaye - voice)
Steve Martin often did his best work with director Carl Reiner and The Man With Two Brains is no exception.
In this send up of 1930's mad doctor films, Martin plays successful brain surgeon Dr. Hfuhruhurr who develops an obsessive relationship with a disembodied brain which only he can communicate with (telepathically, of course). There's also a subplot about an serial murderer dubbed 'the elevator killer' which the doctor gets wrapped up in.
Though the film will find most appeal with Steve Martin fans, Kathleen Turner is the scene-stealer as his gold-digging wife, while the best running joke in the film is that the majority of the other players always fail to pronounce Martin's characters name correctly. Sissy Spacek, in an uncredited vocal performance, provided the voice of the mind that he falls in love with.
Silly, but fun.