The Body Snatcher (1945) - Trailer
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Cast: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Ted Billings, Ethan Laidlaw, Bill Williams, Mary Gordon, Milton Kibbee, Jim Moran, Jack Welch, Larry Wheat, Robert Clarke, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater, Russell Wade, Rita Corday, Sharyn Moffett, Donna Lee, Bobby Burns, Aina Constant, Carl Kent
Director(s): Robert Wise
Trailer: The Body Snatcher (1945)
A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers.
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Boris Karloff stars in one of his most chilling roles as the sinister 'resurrection man' of old Edinburgh.
Medical student Donald Fettes (Russell Wade) is apprentice to Dr. 'Toddy' MacFarlane (Henry Daniell), greatest anatomist of the age. But, as Fettes learns, MacFarlane is not scrupulous how he obtains the bodies he uses for dissection: he buys them from sinister cabman John Gray (Karloff), who robs the graves of the recently deceased.
But Gray's grim work has attracted attention and the cemeteries are under watch. Unwilling to give up his lucrative trade, Gray finds another source of corpses - the bodies of people he has killed himself...
"A familiar theme very imaginatively handled, and well acted. The best of the Lewton thrillers" - Halliwell's Film Guide ***
Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Henry Daniell via Screenbound Pictures
Synopsis:In Edinburgh in 1831, Dr. Wolfe MacFarlane runs a medical school where Donald Fettes is a student. Fettes is interested in helping a young girl who has lost the use of her legs. He is certain that MacFarlane's surgical skills could be put to great use but he is reluctant to do so. The good Dr. MacFarlane has a secret that soon becomes all too obvious to young Fettes, who has only recently been promoted as his assistant: he has been paying a local cabbie, John Gray, to supply him with dead bodies for anatomical research. Gray constantly harasses MacFarlane and clearly has a hold over him dating to a famous trial many years before where Gray refused to identify the man for whom he was robbing graves. Fettes isn't aware of any of this but soon realizes exactly how Gray obtains the bodies they use in their anatomy classes.