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The Body Snatcher (1945)

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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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
RKO Pictures

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Cast

Boris Karloff
as Cabman John Gray
Henry Daniell
as Dr. Wolfe "Toddy" MacFarlane
Bela Lugosi
as Joseph
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
Aina Constant
as Maid Servant
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Mary McBride
Carl Kent
as Gilchrist
Jim Moran
as Horse Trader
Lawrence Wheat
as Salesman
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Critic Reviews for The Body Snatcher

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Settings are inexpensive but sufficient for the needs. Production values, in general, however, aid materially in making this picture a winner.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The film accelerates to great effect towards the end.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even though this film is taken from a modest stage play of a few seasons back, its humors are as stale and mechanical as those of the oldest such farce.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

One of the lesser products of Val Lewton's years as the head of RKO's horror-film unit.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A strong, well above-average effort in almost every way, there's no evidence at all that Lewton's first brush with money and success dulled his instincts.

Full Review… | October 28, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Researchers and healers are closer to the subjects on the autopsy slab than to their living patients in this acerbic chimera of shadow and sacrifice

Full Review… | May 19, 2010
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for The Body Snatcher

½

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 Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

½

My favourite corpse snatching movie, it stars both Karloff and Lugosi, how could you not like it? It's exciting and creepy.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

One of many from Val Lewton's stable of low budget horror masterpieces, a young Robert Wise masterfully directs Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of a doctor willing to cross the line in search of knowledge and the man who torments him. The Body Snatcher is proof positive that Boris Karloff was a great actor as any scene he's in legitimately has the ability to make your skin crawl. Don't get too excited about Bela Lugosi's (I'm pretty sure he's supposed to be a retarded Spaniard) role as he's got very little screen time but his final scene with Karloff is superb. Wise does so much with so little and that final carriage scene came close to freaking me out.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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