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Derren Nesbitt ... Burke

Harry Andrews ... Dr. Knox
Glynn Edwards ... Hare
Yootha Joyce ... Mrs. Hare

Françoise Pascal ... Marie
Yutte Stensgaard ... Janet
Robin Hawdon ... Lord Angus McPhee
Alan Tucker ... Arbuthnot
Dee Shenderey ... Mrs. Burke
Joan Carol ... Madame Thompson
Paul Greaves ... Ferguson
David Pugh ... Daft Jamie
James Hayter ... Dr. Selby
Thomas Heathcote ... Paterson
Duncan Lamont ... Dr. Saint
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Anderson ... Client in Brothel
Roger Avon ... Second Guard
Stewart Bevan ... Bruce
Victor Brooks ... Butler
John J. Carney ... Guard MacKenzie
Susan Coates ... Polly
Noel Coleman ... Fire Chief (as Noël Coleman)
Brian Croucher ... Client in Brothel
Maudie Edwards ... Woman Passer-by
Caron Gardner ... Maggie
Charles Houston ... Barman
Alan Judd ... Mr. Murdoch
Paul Luty ... Cruncher
Reg Lye ... Old Joe
Roy Macready ... Merrilees
Lindsay Marsh ... Liz
Stanley McGeagh ... Sergeant MacTavish (as Stanley McCeagh)
John Moore ... Boy
Kerry Nesbitt ... Flora
Ken Parry ... Fat Man in Brothel
Christine Pilgrim ... Rosie
Frederick Piper ... Lodger
Joan Rhodes ... Hairy Mary
Bill Shine ... Landlord
Madoline Thomas ... Mary Doherty
Kenneth Thornett ... Councillor Gordon
Bob Todd ... Guard Campbell
Jerold Wells ... Landlord
Katya Wyeth ... Natalie (as Katya Wyath)
Caroline Yates ... Annie
Jonathan Moore ... The Boy (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Gent at market stall (in top hat) (uncredited)

Directed by
Vernon Sewell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernle Bradford 

Produced by
Guido Coen .... producer
Kenneth Shipman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Roger Webb 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson 
Film Editing by
John Colville 
Art Direction by
Scott MacGregor 
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... chief makeup artist
Barbara Sutton .... hair stylist
Ricky Rickaby .... make-up (uncredited)
Production Management
David Griffith .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... assistant director
Michael Murray .... third assistant director
Art Department
Don Picton .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Barry Copland .... sound recordist (as Barry Copeland)
Special Effects by
Pat Moore .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Jones .... camera operator
Terry Winfield .... focus puller
David Appleby .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arthur Newman .... chief wardrobe master
Mary Gibson .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Music Department
The Scaffold .... music performers: title song
Other crew
Betty Harley .... continuity
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing director
A.L. Palmer .... title background designer
Paddy Ryan .... fight sequence arranger
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Bodysnatchers" - USA (alternative title)
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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Canada:AA (Ontario) | UK:X | UK:15 (DVD) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Final film of director Vernon Sewell.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When "Daft Jamie" is being shown at the medical school, in the close up of his foot, his toe's move.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Horror Maniacs (1948)See more »
The Minstrel BoySee more »


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A Great Interpretation of the Classic Legend, 10 June 2013
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

What you might recall about this film more than anything else is its theme song, which is certainly rather fun and moving. Bringing this tale to life is important and a great addition to horror cinema. Sure, it had been done before as "The Body Snatcher" and "The Flesh and the Fiends"... but it is my understanding that this was the first to be so explicit in the title.

The film also asks another question, perhaps philosophical or ethical: do dead bodies have value? Certainly murder is a terrible crime, but what of people who died naturally? Certainly their owners do longer need them -- why not be taken for medical science? (We now have donor cards and the like, but indeed, how were surgeons to learn their craft without practice?)

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