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The Body Snatcher (1945)

Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 1945 (UK)
A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers.

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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. Written by garykmcd

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Foul Traffic in Dead Bodies. See more »

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Robert Louis Stevenson's The Body Snatcher  »

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The film takes place in 1831. See more »

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When John Gray puts the blade into the bread, it moves dramatically over the next few shots. See more »

Quotes

Joseph: I know you kill people to sell bodies.
Cabman John Gray: You say you came here of your own account. No-one sent you, no-one knows you're here?
Joseph: Give me money or I tell the police that you murder the subjects.
Cabman John Gray: Well, Joseph, you shall have money, why should you not? I don't suppose the great Dr MacFarlane is over lavish with his pay?
Joseph: No.
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Closing credits epilogue: "It is through error that man tries and rises. It is through tragedy he learns. All the roads of learning begin in darkness and go out into the light" Hippocrates of Cos See more »

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sung by Donna Lee
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What can you say about Boris Karloff?
2 August 1999 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

What can you say about Boris Karloff? He attacks this role with evil zest. I have not seen a lot of his work, but I was extremely impressed with his portrayal of Cabman Gray, the medical school's grave robber. (among other things) The modern horror genre simply focuses on gore, and doesn't allow characters like Gray, or actors like Karloff flourish, and that's too bad.


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