Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

Director:

Vernon Sewell

Writer:

Ernle Bradford (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Luty ... Cruncher
Roy Macready Roy Macready ... Merrilees
Derren Nesbitt ... Burke
Susan Coates Susan Coates ... Polly
Françoise Pascal ... Marie
Christine Pilgrim Christine Pilgrim ... Rosie
Joan Carol Joan Carol ... Madame Thompson
Robin Hawdon ... Lord Angus McPhee
Kenneth Thornett Kenneth Thornett ... Councillor Gordon
Yutte Stensgaard ... Janet
Katya Wyeth Katya Wyeth ... Natalie (as Katya Wyath)
Caroline Yates Caroline Yates ... Annie
Glynn Edwards ... Hare
Yootha Joyce ... Mrs. Hare
Dee Shenderey ... Mrs. Burke
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Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

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The pimps and the prostitutes and the body-snatchers. The brothels and dens of iniquity.

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Horror

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R | See all certifications »
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Final feature film of Frederick Piper. See more »

Goofs

When Daft Jamie is being shown at the medical school, in the close-up of his foot, his toes move. See more »

Quotes

[telling an anecdote over dinner with Dr Selby]
Dr. Knox: He was a great barrel-chest of a man - heart like a steam engine, lungs like a pair of bellows. "Slip your trews down, man," I say. So he lets his trews fall down round his feet. "And your under-drawers," I say. "How can I examine you with your drawers on?" "I'd rather not," he says. "I'm very sensitive - it's my person, it's very small". "Good heavens, man!" I say, "That's nothing to worry about. I see dozens of them every day - big ones, small ...
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove a shot of Hare stabbing a man with a broken bottle during a fight and a scene where a prostitute 'corrects' her male client by beating him with a cane. See more »

Connections

Version of The Body Snatcher (1945) See more »

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The Minstrel Boy
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Lyrics by Thomas Moore
Performed by Glynn Edwards
[Tune: "The Moreen" (Irish traditional)]
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A Great Interpretation of the Classic Legend
10 June 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

What you might recall about this film more than anything else is its theme song, which is certainly rather fun and moving. Bringing this tale to life is important and a great addition to horror cinema. Sure, it had been done before as "The Body Snatcher" and "The Flesh and the Fiends"... but it is my understanding that this was the first to be so explicit in the title.

The film also asks another question, perhaps philosophical or ethical: do dead bodies have value? Certainly murder is a terrible crime, but what of people who died naturally? Certainly their owners do longer need them -- why not be taken for medical science? (We now have donor cards and the like, but indeed, how were surgeons to learn their craft without practice?)


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bodysnatchers See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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