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Status: Released

Runtime: 77

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Language: en

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  • 1945-05-25

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5.9/10 (9 votes)


Edinburgh, 1831. Among those who undertake the illegal trade of grave robbery is Gray, ostensibly a cab driver. Formerly a medical student convicted of grave robbery, Gray holds a grudge against Dr. MacFarlane who had escaped detection and punishment.


Foul Traffic in Dead Bodies.


Director: Robert Wise
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Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff
as Cabman John Gray

Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi
as Joseph

Henry Daniell

Henry Daniell
as Dr. Wolfe 'Toddy' Mac…

Edith Atwater

Edith Atwater
as Meg Camden

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A review by John Chard

Grave robbing is one thing, but murder is quite another.

Dr. MacFarlane and John Gray share a murky past, but just what is this hold that the lurching Gray has over the eminent Doctor? Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson short story, The Body Snatcher contains tight direction from Mr Versatile, Robert Wise - all the classy Gothicism one comes to expect from producer Val Lewton - and a stunningly effective performance from Boris Karloff. The piece neatly puts itself out as a kind of sequel to the infamous story of Burke & Hare, where here our main protagonists are clouded over by a link to the... read the rest.