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The pimps and the prostitutes and the body-snatchers. The brothels and dens of iniquity.
Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Paul Luty ... Cruncher
Roy Macready ... Merrilees

Derren Nesbitt ... Burke
Susan Coates ... Polly

Françoise Pascal ... Marie
Christine Pilgrim ... Rosie
Joan Carol ... Madame Thompson

Robin Hawdon ... Lord Angus McPhee
Kenneth Thornett ... Councillor Gordon

Yutte Stensgaard ... Janet
Katya Wyeth ... Natalie (as Katya Wyath)
Caroline Yates ... Annie

Glynn Edwards ... Hare

Yootha Joyce ... Mrs. Hare
Dee Shenderey ... Mrs. Burke
Frederick Piper ... Lodger
Paul Greaves ... Ferguson
Thomas Heathcote ... Paterson
Victor Brooks ... Butler

Harry Andrews ... Dr. Knox

James Hayter ... Dr. Selby
Duncan Lamont ... Dr. Saint
Alan Judd ... Mr. Murdoch
Alan Tucker ... Arbuthnot

Reg Lye ... Old Joe
Stewart Bevan ... Bruce
Charles Houston ... Barman
Stanley McGeagh ... Sergeant MacTavish (as Stanley McCeagh)
Caron Gardner ... Maggie
David Pugh ... Daft Jamie
Maudie Edwards ... Woman Passer-by
Joan Rhodes ... Hairy Mary
Jerold Wells ... Landlord
Bob Todd ... Guard Campbell
Ken Parry ... Fat Man in Brothel
Keith Anderson ... Client in Brothel
Lindsay Marsh ... Liz
Brian Croucher ... Client in Brothel
Noel Coleman ... Fire Chief (as Noël Coleman)
Bill Shine ... Landlord
John J. Carney ... Guard MacKenzie
Roger Avon ... Second Guard
Kerry Nesbitt ... Flora
Madoline Thomas ... Mary Docherty
John Moore ... Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewis Alexander ... Brothel Patron (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Onlooker (uncredited)
Walter Henry ... Market Trader (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... Maid (uncredited)
Jonathan Moore ... Boy (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Gent at Market Stall (in Top Hat) (uncredited)

Directed by
Vernon Sewell 
Writing credits
Ernle Bradford (screenplay)

Produced by
Guido Coen .... producer
Kenneth Shipman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Roger Webb 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson (director of photography)
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 (uncredited)
Art Department
Don Picton .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Barry Copland .... sound recordist (as Barry Copeland)
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing director
Special Effects by
Pat Moore .... special effects (uncredited)
Paddy Ryan .... fight sequence arranged by
Peter Diamond .... stunt fighter (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Jones .... camera operator
Terry Winfield .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arthur Newman .... chief wardrobe master
Mary Gibson .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
D.C. Cardinali .... colorist: remastered HD version: new version
Music Department
The Scaffold .... music performers: title song
Roger Webb .... conductor
Other crew
Betty Harley .... continuity
A.L. Palmer .... title background designer
Crew verified as complete

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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

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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 »
[telling an anecdote over dinner with Dr Selby]
Dr. Knox:He was a great barrel-chest of a man - heart like a steam engine, lungs like a pair of bellows. "Slip your trews down, man," I say. So he lets his trews fall down round his feet. "And your under-drawers," I say. "How can I examine you with your drawers on?" "I'd rather not," he says...
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Movie Connections:
Version of The Body Snatcher (1945)See more »
Wi' a Hundred PipersSee more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
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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