The Body Snatcher

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In this film, Henry Daniell stars as a brilliant 18th-century London surgeon. Daniell can only make his humanitarian medical advances by experimenting on cadavers, which is strictly illegal. Karloff plays a grave robber, providing corpses for Daniell's research. The low-born Karloff enjoys blackmailing the aristocratic Daniell into silence.

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Boris Karloff
as Cabman John Gray
Henry Daniell
as Dr. Wolfe "Toddy" MacFarlane
Edith Atwater
as Meg Camden
Russell Wade
as Donald Fettes
Rita Corday
as Mrs. Marsh
Sharyn Moffett
as Georgina Marsh
Donna Lee
as Street Singer
Robert Clarke
as Richardson
Aina Constant
as Maid Servant
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Mary McBride
Carl Kent
as Gilchrist
Jim Moran
as Horse Trader
Bill Williams
as Medical Student
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Critic Reviews for The Body Snatcher

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Audience Reviews for The Body Snatcher

  • Apr 13, 2011
    A pretty interesting little flick that ends extremely well. Odd seeing Bela Lugosi in such a tiny role, but also it's nice to see Boris Karloff being so evil and relishing it.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2010
    I didn't not like it, but I probably wouldn't watch it again.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    My favourite corpse snatching movie, it stars both Karloff and Lugosi, how could you not like it? It's exciting and creepy.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2009
    Sinister goings on in 19th century Edinburrow as a young medical student, presumably on exchange from America, is initiated into the art of grave robbing. Based on a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson and directed by Robert Wise, <i>The Body Snatcher</i> is not actually one of the better Val Lewton horror movies. The atmosphere is potent enough but the story doesn't really catch fire until the very end and, for such a short film, it tends to drag. Henry Daniell and Boris Karloff, as an anatomist and his resurrectionist respectively, are terrific; Bela Lugosi, on the other hand, is such a waste of space I'd forgotten he was even in the picture.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer

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