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Horror Maniacs (1948)
"The Greed of William Hart" (original title)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  1953 (USA)
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A story of body snatchers in Edinburgh, based on Burke and Hare.

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Tod Slaughter ...
Henry Oscar ...
Jenny Lynn ...
Helen Moore
Winifred Melville ...
Meg Hart
Aubrey Woods ...
Patrick Addison ...
Hugh Alston
Arnold Bell ...
Mary Love ...
Mary Patterson
Ann Trego ...
Janet Brown
Edward Malin ...
David Patterson
Hubert Woodward ...
Innkeeper Swanson
Dennis Wyndham ...
Sergeant Fisher
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A story of body snatchers in Edinburgh, based on Burke and Hare.

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The script was originally written and filmed as a tale of William Burke and William Hare, real-life partners in the selling to medical schools cadavers which they obtained by both murder and grave-robbing. (Burke was hanged in 1829; Hare avoided this fate by testifying against him.) However, the British censors refused to allow the film's release because of national sensitivities toward the infamous "resurrectionists." Therefore, to get the film out, the producers had to re-record the sound track, replacing the names of Burke with Hart, Hare with Moore, and Dr. Knox with Dr. Cox. The new names were then meticulously cut into the original soundtrack: one can easily lip-read "Burke", "Hare" and "Knox" as applicable, however. Due to the cost of this activity there was no money left for a music track. See more »

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the correct running time
22 May 2002 | by (Saint-Ouen, France) – See all my reviews

This film is not at all "under one hour of running time", I suspect that some US video collectors saw only a cut version. The original running time - in Great-Britain - was 79 mins (7005 feet). It was released in the USA (as "Horror Maniacs") in the early Fifties, as part of a double-bill with another Tod Slaughter film ("The Curse of the Wraydons", renamed "Strangler's Morgue"), cut to 72 mins. And more recently, an American video company "offered" a totally butchered version, reduced to 53 mins!

Happily enough, the complete 79 mins version is now available from some video companies.


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