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Horror Maniacs (1948)

The Greed of William Hart (original title)
A story of body snatchers in Edinburgh, based on Burke and Hare.


Oswald Mitchell


John Gilling (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Tod Slaughter Tod Slaughter ... Hart
Henry Oscar ... Moore
Jenny Lynn Jenny Lynn ... Helen Moore
Winifred Melville Winifred Melville ... Meg Hart
Aubrey Woods Aubrey Woods ... Jamie Wilson
Patrick Addison Patrick Addison ... Hugh Alston
Arnold Bell Arnold Bell ... Dr. Cox
Mary Love Mary Love ... Mary Paterson
Ann Trego Ann Trego ... Janet Brown
Edward Malin Edward Malin ... David Paterson
Hubert Woodward Hubert Woodward ... Swanson
Dennis Wyndham Dennis Wyndham ... Sergeant Fisher (as Denis Wyndham)


A story of body snatchers in Edinburgh, based on Burke and Hare.

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1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Leevers-Rich)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Names of some characters dubbed (see trivia entry.) See more »


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the correct running time
22 May 2002 | by todmichelSee 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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