5.8/10
64
4 user 2 critic

The Anatomist (1956)

A doctor employs two men to dig up graves in order for him to have bodies on which to perform experiments, but the men begin to get their own ideas of where to get bodies.

Director:

Dennis Vance

Writers:

James Bridie (play), Harry Alan Towers (as Leonard William) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The British National Health System is skewered in this comedy set in a rundown London hospital. The hospital is filled with wacky staff members and patients, and the film strives to get all... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Lynn Redgrave, Colin Blakely, Eleanor Bron
Lola (1970)
Certificate: GP Drama | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A 38 year old American novelist discovers the difficulties of being married to a British 16 year old schoolgirl.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Orson Bean, Honor Blackman
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A mad scientist captures women and feeds them to a flesh-eating tree, which in turn gives him a serum that helps bring the dead back to life.

Director: Charles Saunders
Stars: George Coulouris, Robert MacKenzie, Norman Claridge
Alien Zone (1978)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A man who is having an affair with a married woman is dropped off on the wrong street when going back to his hotel. He takes refuge out of the rain when an old man invites him in. He turns ... See full summary »

Director: Sharron Miller
Stars: John Ericson, Ivor Francis, Judith Novgrod
Doomwatch (1972)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.

Director: Peter Sasdy
Stars: Ian Bannen, Judy Geeson, John Paul
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Dr. Worley investigates a 300-year-old witch's curse in the New England town of Devonsville. Three liberated, assertive women move into town, which angers the bigoted, male-dominated town ... See full summary »

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Suzanna Love, Robert Walker Jr., Donald Pleasence
The Sadist (1963)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off into an old wrecking yard where they are held at bay by a bloodthirsty psycho and his crazy girlfriend.

Director: James Landis
Stars: Arch Hall Jr., Helen Hovey, Richard Alden
Foxtrot (1976)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

At the beginning of WW2, Liviu, a Romanian count, and his wife Julia come to live on an uninhabited tropical island, where they hope to escape the war and their past. They bring with them ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Charlotte Rampling, Max von Sydow
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Stefan Uher
Stars: Jolanta Umecka, Ladislav Mrkvicka, Otakar Janda
Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

A detective investigates a series of killings committed by a serial killer known as "The Black Angel." He begins to suspect that it might not be just a random group of murders.

Director: Howard Heard
Stars: Elizabeth Trosper, William J. Kulzer, Shea Porter
Body Puzzle (1992)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A homicide detective realizes that the brutal murders committed by a mysterious serial killer he's after have something to do with the late husband of a beautiful widow.

Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Joanna Pacula, Tomas Arana, François Montagut
Poor Cow (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Terence Stamp, Carol White, John Bindon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Alastair Sim ... Dr. Knox
George Cole ... Dr. Walter Anderson
Adrienne Corri ... Mary Paterson
Jill Bennett ... Mary Belle
Margaret Gordon Margaret Gordon ... Amelia
David Blake Kelly David Blake Kelly ... Burke (as Diarmuid Kelly)
Michael Ripper ... Hare
Peter Halliday ... Adolphus Raby
Frank Taylor Frank Taylor ... Paterson
Jefferson Clifford Jefferson Clifford ... Nebby
Doria Noar Doria Noar ... Janet
Irene Sunters Irene Sunters ... Jessie Ann
Edit

Storyline

A doctor employs two men to dig up graves in order for him to have bodies on which to perform experiments, but the men begin to get their own ideas of where to get bodies.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

International Theatre: The Anatomist See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good with non horror focus
17 August 2015 | by magicshadows-90098See all my reviews

The Burke and Hare tale has been filmed many times. This film should make no apologies for not stressing the horror elements. Instead it tackles the historical elements. Sim is good as the head strong completely dedicated Dr. Knox. He faces the hypocrisy of the day where people demand cures but within the confines of proper social behaviour. Knox knows that if medicine is to march forward it must ignore such hypocrisies. George Cole plays his earnest but weak willed assistant. Jill Bennett does a lovely job as Cole's annoying, dim fiancée.

There are some genuinely creepy moments but the story focuses on Knox and his battle with proper society. One reviewer called this a poverty row production! Sorry, but this is what much British TV looked like in 1956. It's low budget compared to films but a standard 1956 TV production. The best way to sum it up is to say it is not a horror film, but a fine TV drama from the period.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed