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The Body Stealers (1969)

PG | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | April 1969 (USA)
In Britain, bodies of NATO paratroopers are being snatched during routine jumps by a mysterious red-beam of alien origin.


Gerry Levy


Michael St. Clair (story) (as Mike St. Clair), Michael St. Clair (script) (as Mike St. Clair) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Sanders ... General Armstrong
Maurice Evans ... Dr. Matthews
Patrick Allen ... Bob Megan
Neil Connery ... Jim Radford
Robert Flemyng ... Wing Commander Baldwin
Pamela Conway Pamela Conway ... Lorna (as Lorna Wilde)
Allan Cuthbertson ... Hindesmith
Michael Culver ... Lt. Bailes
Sally Faulkner Sally Faulkner ... Joanna
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Thatcher
Carl Rigg ... Pilot Officer Briggs
Carol Hawkins Carol Hawkins ... Paula (as Carolanne Hawkings)
Michael Graham ... Pilot
Brian Harrison Brian Harrison ... Pilot
Dixon Adams Dixon Adams ... David


A British military paratrooper disappears in mid-air during a jump from an army plane. Two investigators, Patrick Allen and Neil Connery, try to unravel how this happened. What they uncover is an alien plot to steal the bodies of earthlings by snatching them out of the air. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Can the Earth survive against the aliens from outer space?


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Release Date:

April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion of the Body Stealers See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the aliens' spaceship appears, the model used is the same one from Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966), but repainted in a lighter shade. See more »


When Allen is about to jump from the Dragon Rapide aircraft, the shot goes to the cockpit of the aircraft and the altimeter clearly indicates 0 ft. The radio conversation states the plane is at 11,000ft but the shot from the ground show an aircraft at only about 2000ft and the reverse shot from the AC the height seems even lower. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was originally passed uncut as an 'X' for cinema by the BBFC before poor sales led to the film being recalled and re-cut for an 'A' certificate. The cuts included edits to Lorna's swimming scene to remove nudity and a shortening of the love scene between Lorna and Bob. The version issued by Anchor Bay in the Tigon Collection box set is the edited print. See more »


References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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THE BODY STEALERS (Gerry Levy, 1969) *1/2
30 May 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Abysmal sci-fi (an unwise change of pace for Tigon) which, up to this point, had been the low point of Anchor Bay UK's "The Tigon Collection" - not that there were any particular highs! Michael Armstrong, director of THE HAUNTED HOUSE OF HORROR (1969) - and who was eventually replaced by Levy - compared it to Ed Wood in his Audio Commentary for that film, and I can't say that he was too far off the mark!

A competent cast flounders in the face of an inane premise and lackluster handling: veterans George Sanders, Maurice Evans (as the chief villain/alien) and Robert Flemyng; heroes Patrick Allen and Neil Connery (yes, Sean's younger sibling!); starlets Hilary Dwyer (better suited to period pieces like her three films with Vincent Price - WITCHFINDER GENERAL [1968], THE OBLONG BOX [1969] and CRY OF THE BANSHEE [1970]) and Sally Faulkner (I was impressed by her in VAMPYRES [1974] and PREY [1977], and here looks lovely if nothing else!). However, Lorna Wilde is terrible as an alien temptress(!) - and the (mercifully brief) contribution of Shelagh Fraser as Mrs. Thatcher(!), an ageing nymphomaniac barmaid with a shrill voice, is positively embarrassing!!

One of its most hilarious - and dated - aspects is the way it presents Allen and Minister's aide Allan Cuthbertson(!) as a couple of would-be studs, in obvious imitation of the James Bond extravaganzas; the cheesy score (by Reg Tilsley, who fared better with THE HAUNTED HOUSE OF HORROR) doesn't help, either. A measure of the film's sloppiness is the fact that Hilary Dwyer's name has been mysteriously omitted from the cast list at the end of the picture, though I doubt she voiced her complaint about it to the production company! Patrick Allen's Audio Commentary is actually quite engaging though, understandably, he offers little insight into the film itself - given also that he doesn't remember much at all about its making, and had never even watched the damn thing until now!

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