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Donovan's Brain was the first feature produced by Allan Dowling Productions. According to a Daily Variety news item, the production company was initially named Dowling Productions but was changed after the film's release to avoid confusion with producer-actor Eddie Dowling and film producer Pat Dowling. A modern source notes that writer and director Curt Siodmak was initially slated to direct the film based on his own novel, but was replaced by Felix Feist shortly before filming began.
Other films based on Siodmak's best-selling novel include the 1944 Republic Pictures film The Lady and the Monster, which was directed by George Sherman and starred Richard Arlen (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50); a 1955 CBS televison film, entitled Donovan's Brain and starring Wendell Cory; and a 1962 British film entitled Vengeance, which was directed by Freddie Francis and starred Peter Van Eyck and Anne Heywood. In May 1944, Orson Welles starred in the two-part CBS Suspense radio presentation of Donovan's Brain, which, according to a September 1943 Hollywood Reporter news item, was based on the screenplay of the Republic film.