Edinburgh, Scotland, March 1827: John McGregor works all day to support his wife, Aggie, a fat drunk who sleeps incessantly, snoring, and has not left their cottage in two years. He does a ... See full summary »

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Himself - Host
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John McGregor
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Aggie McGregor
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Tommy Lad (as Bill Smith)
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Dr. Knox
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Betty Harford ...
Elsie Muldoon
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Jarmley
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Glynis
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Edinburgh, Scotland, March 1827: John McGregor works all day to support his wife, Aggie, a fat drunk who sleeps incessantly, snoring, and has not left their cottage in two years. He does a lot of hauling for Hare, whom he suspects of being a resurrectionist, who digs up bodies to supply to medical schools. McGregor notes that some people who enter Hare's hotel never walk out again. McGregor is unhappy, and imagines killing his wife via bashing her head with a stone, drowning, and hanging, but realizes that none of those routes would be successful. One day he picks up another box of tanbark from Burke and Hare to deliver to Dr. Knox's medical museum. Knox says that he needs all of the tanbark to "spread around." McGregor notices a shock of human hair hanging from the box, and opens it with his pocket knife. He sees that the box contains the body of Elsie, the match vendor who was alive and well yesterday, frolicking in the spring countryside with Tommy Lad. McGregor decides to make ... Written by Lewis Amack

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23 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock - Host: I understand that the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made music has never equaled the purity of sound achieved by the pig.
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Not a so unusual scheme...

Have you ever seen Robert Wise's BODYSNATCHER, Freddie Francis's DOCTOR AND THE ASSASSINS, Vernon Sewell's BURKE AND HARE or the most know of all: John Gilling's FLESH AND THE FIENDS? If not, of course this story will seem terrific, and it actually is, but if you have seen at least one of those films, well this tale will sound familiar to you. A doctor who always need fresh corpses to use them for autopsies, asks to outlaw undertakers to provide him with recently buried corpses. But the problem happen when the body snatchers run out of fresh corpses. So the simplest way for them to provide the doctor is to provoke deaths... Get it? So this story for this episode is based from those movies where for, at least one or two of them, the very same characters Burke and Hare are used. So in this episode too... See for yourself folks


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