Following their triumphant parody of film noir, DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (1982), comedian Steve Martin and director Carl Reiner took on the mad-scientist films of the 1940s, with hilarious results. Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr (Martin), a famed neurosurgeon, travels to Vienna with his
beautiful-but-frigid wife, Dolores (deliciously vixenish Kathleen Turner), in an attempt to revive their romance. There he meets fellow scientist Dr. Alfred Necessiter (David Warner), who has devised a method to keep disembodied brains alive. Hfuhruhurr begins to communicate telepathically with a
brain in a jar; the brain is that of a sweet, sympathetic woman (the voice of Sissy Spacek) wi...