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The Doctor and the Devils (1985)

Grave robbers supply a doctor with bodies to test on.

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Dr. Murray
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In the Nineteenth Century, the renowned professor of anatomy Dr. Thomas Rock gives classes to neophyte medicine students in the local university. Dr. Rock uses his assistant Dr. Murray to buy corpses for his experiments from body snatchers paying a little fortune for the cadavers. When the alcoholic scum Robert Fallon and Timothy Broom overhear the conversation of grave-robbers about Dr. Rock, they decide to supply fresher corpses that worth more to the doctor, killing the poor inhabitants. Dr. Murray has unrequited feelings for the cockney whore Jennie Bailey that usually hangs around with the also prostitute Alice. When Dr. Murray discovers that Fallon has just sold the corpse of Alice, he seeks out the worthless Fallon and Broom to stop them from murdering Jennie. Will he arrive in time o save Jennie? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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4 October 1985 (USA)  »

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O Médico e os Monstros  »

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The Burke and Hare Murders that this film are based on are based on fact and were a true story. The Burke and Hare (William Burke and William Hare) characters in this movie are known instead as Robert Fallon and Timothy Broom. The legendary Burke and Hare Murders are also known as the West Port Murders. The total number of deaths amounted to seventeen. See more »

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The song Jennie sings in the tavern ("Whisper and I Shall Hear") was not written until 1891, while the Burke and Hare murders on which the film is based took place in 1828. See more »

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Doctor Thomas Rock: I set myself up as a God over death.
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WHISPER AND I SHALL HEAR
(1891)
Sung by Twiggy
Music by M. Piccolomini
Words by Georgeanne Hubi-Newcombe (as C. Hubi Newcombe)
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Fresh Bodies, Stale Story
26 May 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In murky old Edinburgh, Scotland, during the 19th century, anatomy professor Timothy Dalton (as Thomas Rock) lectures neophyte students by day and experiments on cadavers at night. Alcohol-soaked grave-robbers Jonathan Pryce (as Robert Fallon) and Stephen Rea (as Timothy Broom) provide Mr. Dalton with bodies, but he needs fresher corpses for better experimentation. Dalton's blond assistant doctor Julian Sands (as Murray) inadvertently encourages murder and hooks up with former skinny 1960s model Twiggy (as Jennie Bailey), playing an cockney prostitute. Since warn bodies fetch a higher premium, it's not too difficult to discern how the grave-robbers obtain fresher corpses. Executively produced by Mel Brooks, this film has some advantages – a stylish look due to good costumes, sets and accessories is obvious. But the story, adapted from an old Dylan Thomas screenplay, is dreadfully boring.

***** The Doctor and the Devils (10/4/85) Freddie Francis ~ Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce, Twiggy, Julian Sands


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