The Body Snatcher

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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.

  1. Val Lewton


  2. Robert Louis Stevenson


  3. Philip MacDonald


  4. Robert Wise


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  1. Boris Karloff

    Boris Karloff

    Cabman John Gray

  2. Bela Lugosi

    Bela Lugosi


  3. Henry Daniell

    Henry Daniell

    Dr. Wolfe 'Toddy' MacFarlane

  4. Edith Atwater

    Edith Atwater

    Meg Camden

  5. Russell Wade

    Russell Wade

    Donald Fettes

  6. Rita Corday

    Rita Corday

    Mrs. Marsh

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 17m

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  • May 25, 1945



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A review by John Chard

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.

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