Jane Brown’s Body (1968, Alan Gibson)

Jane Brown’s Body uses resurrection science to explore a melodrama. Anthony Skene’s teleplay isn’t bad, it’s just a little obvious in its plotting. But there’s a definite, subconscious patriarchy thing playing out and it makes for an interesting time.

Stefanie Powers has lost her memory (after being brought back from the dead). The doctor–Alan MacNaughton–isn’t a mad scientist, but a busy doctor who cares for Powers even though he isn’t good at it. Jane is strange because of MacNaughton and wife Sarah Lawson’s sincerity. Even though Lawson isn’t in it enough.

But then Powers has a suitor–David Buck as her tutor. And he’s more a stalker, something Skene doesn’t take any responsibility for.

Powers is great in the lead. Her performance is calculated but very well-calculated. Buck’s a good creep, MacNaughton’s got a nice complex role.

Jane has many problems, but its qualities mostly outweigh them.

2/3Recommended

CREDITS

Directed by Alan Gibson; teleplay by Anthony Skene, based on a story by Cornell Woolwich; director of photography, Arthur Lavis; music by Bob Leaper; produced by Anthony Hinds; released by Independent Television.

Starring Stefanie Powers (Jane Brown), David Buck (Paul Amory), Alan MacNaughton (Dr. Ian Denholt) and Sarah Lawson (Pamela Denholt).


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