The Body Snatcher

The Body Snatcher

Director: Robert Wise Cast: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi were given top billing in the Val Lewton-produced The Body Snatcher, but the film's protagonist is played by Henry Daniell. 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 Uriah Heep-type cabman who is secretly a grave robber, providing corpses for Daniell's research. The low-born Karloff enjoys blackmailing the aristocratic Daniell into silence; the two actors' cat-and-mouse scenes are among the film's highlights. Eventually, Karloff turns to murder to supply fresh bodies to Daniell. The doctor can stand no more of this, and kills Karloff. But though Daniell may be able to escape the law, he cannot escape his conscience, which manifests itself in the voice of the dead Karloff, whose repeated mantra "NEVER get rid of me! NEVER get rid of me!" drives Daniell to his death. Though billed second, Lugosi has an embarrassingly small part, though the scene he shares with Karloff is one of his best-ever screen moments. The Body Snatcher was based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson, which in turn was inspired by the homicidal career of notorious grave-robbers Burke and Hare.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2019
UPC: 0826663189285
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:17:00
Sales rank: 3,145

Special Features

NEW You'll Never Get Rid of Me: Resurrecting The Body Snatcher; Audio commentary with author/historian Steve Haberman and director Robert Wise; Documentary: "Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy"; Theatrical trailer; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff John Gray
Bela Lugosi Joseph
Henry Daniell Dr. Wolfe "Toddy" MacFarlane
Edith Atwater Meg Camden
Donna Lee Street Singer
Russell Wade Donald Fettes
Rita Corday Mrs. Marsh
Sharyn Moffett Georgina Marsh
Robert Clarke Richardson
Aina Constant Maid Servant
Mary Gordon Mrs. Mary McBride
Carl Kent Gilchrist
Milt Kibbee Dan
Jim Moran Horse Trader
Lawrence Wheat Salesman
Bill Williams Medical Student

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Jack J. Gross Executive Producer
Carlos Keith Screenwriter
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Val Lewton Producer
Philip MacDonald Screenwriter
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Scott Asst. Director
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
John Sturtevant Set Decoration/Design
Roy Webb Score Composer
J.R. Whittredge Editor

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