Burke and Hare (1971)





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Roger Corman's New World Pictures took a stab at the tale of the nefarious real-life graverobbers -- and filled it with the studio's usual quota of nudity, softcore sex and tacky humor. The result is pretty much as one would expect -- nothing to rival the excellent Flesh and the Fiends, or even Tod Slaughter's campy The Greed of William Hart. Harry Andrews plays the unscrupulous Dr. Knox, who enlists the aid of grave-plundering dirtbags Derren Nesbitt and Glynn Edwards in obtaining fresh cadavers for the medical academy. When the demand increases and local cemeteries begin to run dry, the industrious pair turn to the living to keep the doctor supplied. This time out, Burke and Hare are particularly randy fellows, who spend more time carousing in Edinburgh whorehouses than stalking their prey. Despite the macabre subject matter, the producers opted for sexploitation over gruesome horror, but the end result is decidedly dull. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
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Harry Andrews
as Dr. Knox
Roger Avon
as Second Guard
Victor Brooks
as Butler
Noel Coleman
as Fire Chief
Brian Croucher
as Client in Brothel
Maudie Edwards
as Woman Passer-by
Caron Gardner
as Maggie
Robin Hawdon
as Lord Angus McPhee
James Hayter
as Dr. Selby
Thomas Heathcote
as Paterson
Yootha Joyce
as Mrs. Hare
Duncan Lamont
as Dr. Saint
Paul Luty
as Cruncher
Reg Lye
as Old Joe
Stanley McGeagh
as Sergeant MacTavish
Ken Parry
as Fat Man in Brothel
David Pugh
as Daft Jamie
Bill Shine
as Landlord
Madoline Thomas
as Mary Doherty
Bob Todd
as Guard Campbell
Jerold Wells
as Landlord
Katya Wyeth
as Natalie
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