The Wacky World of Dr. Morgus (1962)

Genres - Action, Science Fiction, Spy Film  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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New Orleans-based TV horror show host Doctor Morgus (Sid Noel) stars in this goofy monster comedy. Momus Alexander Morgus comes from a long line of scientists and inventors, though the eccentric Doctor's hideous countenance, dangerous experiments, and bohemian lifestyle have kept him from being accepted by the scientific community. He has just finished work on his Instant People Machine, a weird contraption that can dehydrate people into powder and then restore them without causing death or damage to human tissues. He is contacted by hard-up reporter Pencils McCane (Dan Barton), who hears about the machine and thinks he could drum up a wild story if the International Science Symposium would accept it for their annual convention. Ignatz Bruno (David Kleinberger) is a member of the organization's panel, and when he learns about the invention, he decides it is exactly what his tiny country of Microvania needs to jumpstart their plan to corner the world market in espionage-for-hire. He sends sexy blonde spy Mona Speckla (Jeanne Teslof) to America to find the mysterious Morgus. She seduces Pencils into leading her to the mad scientist, then tricks Morgus into believing that the Symposium wants him to demonstrate the Instant People Machine in Microvania. Bruno plans on dehydrating 300 members of his country's army and shipping them in powder form across the world, where they can be restored and infiltrate foreign governments. The agents are turned to dust, but Pencils isn't about to let Microvania pull off this crooked enterprise, so he arranges for an "accident" to happen when the shipment arrives in the United States. It all causes a giant headache for Morgus and his faithful masked assistant Chopsley (Thomas George), who ends up speeding through New Orleans in pursuit of the dehydrated Microvanians.

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espionage, secret-plan, mad-scientist, maniac