They Saved Hitler's Brain is a 1968 science fiction film. It is about exactly what you think it is: Nazi war criminals preserve Adolf Hitler's brain on a small tropical island until the time is right to resurrect him and, along with him, the Third Reich.The film was adapted for television from a shorter 1963 movie called Madmen of Mandoras, and lengthened by about 20 minutes with additional footage shot by UCLA students at the request of the distributor.
Tropes appearing in this film:
- Argentina is Nazi-Land: The Nazis are plotting in the fictional country Mandoras.
- Artistic License – History: That's not how Hitler died.note
- Banana Republic: Mandoras is a ficticious Latin American country from where the Nazis operate.
- Brain in a Jar: Well, yeah. It's right there in the title: Nazis have preserved Hitler's brain in a jar.
- Losing Your Head: Hitler's head got saved, too.
- Spoiler Title: In Madmen of Mandoras (aka The Amazing Mr. H.), it was supposed to be a big reveal near the end.
- Stock Footage: Most of the movie is just Madmen of Mandoras, with a half hour of additional footage shot years later. The becomes obvious as the added footage looks like a home movie and amateurish while the older footage is a lot more professional, like from an actual movie studio. This also leads to a very weird effect concerning differences in film stock and fashion, as everybody in the older portion has a clear '50s-early '60s look, while the newer footage has folks clearly from the late '60s. Even without considering that, though, there's lots of other random stock footage about the war and an elephant.
- You Cloned Hitler!: Well, the Nazis in the film plan to make a clone of Hitler to give his disembodied head a body.