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The Flesh and the Fiends (1960)

In 1828 Scotland, Edinburgh surgeon Dr. Knox does medical research on cadavers he buys from murderers Burke and Hare, without questioning the unethical procurement methods.

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John Gilling

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Robert Knox
June Laverick ... Martha Knox
Donald Pleasence ... William Hare
George Rose ... William Burke
Renee Houston ... Helen Burke
Dermot Walsh ... Dr. Geoffrey Mitchell
Billie Whitelaw ... Mary Patterson
John Cairney ... Chris Jackson
Melvyn Hayes ... Daft Jamie
June Powell June Powell ... Maggie O'Hara
Andrew Faulds ... Inspector McCulloch
Philip Leaver Philip Leaver ... Dr. Elliott
George Woodbridge ... Dr. Ferguson
Garard Green Garard Green ... Dr. Andrews
Esma Cannon ... Aggie
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Storyline

Edinburgh surgeon Dr. Robert Knox requires cadavers for his research into the functioning of the human body; local ne'er-do-wells Burke and Hare find ways to provide him with fresh specimens... Written by Mark Doran <za13@dial.pipex.com>

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Taglines:

Coffins Looted! Cadavers Dissected! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Mania See more »

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Production Co:

Triad Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(uncut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film is an adaptation of the story of real-life killers William Burke and William Hare who, around 1827 in Edinburgh, Scotland, did provide more than a dozen "fresh" corpses to the anatomist Dr. Knox. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Dr. Robert Knox: Before commencing this morning's lecture, let us consider the Oath of Hippocrates, the sacred oath of our profession: "I will prescribe regimen for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone."
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Crazy Credits

The Dyaliscope logo in the main titles misspells the widescreen process as "Dylascope". See more »

Alternate Versions

The "Continental version" of Flesh and the Fiends features "sexy scenes" not in the "UK version." (Both versions are included on Image Entertainment's DVD, along with an alternate title sequence for the alternate title of this film as Mania.) See more »

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Version of Burke and Hare (2010) See more »

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Funny and Fiendish
10 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Now that this film has been restored for DVD by Image Entertainment, it is a joy to watch -- nice but not flashy photography and directing, and masterful but not overbearing acting make this a good find. But it's not quite as satisfying as "The Body Snatcher" on the same Burke/Hare theme because it doesn't engage the dark undertones of the human psyche through its sadistic "graverobbers" as much as the Karloff film, but instead dwells more on the scientific ethics issues. Still, some sick, slightly scary scenes with Pleasence. Cushing is excellent as always. If you saw this on video or TV, you might want to give it a second look (like I did) on DVD because it looks a whole lot better.


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