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With: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater, Russell Wade, Rita Corday, Sharyn Moffett, Donna Lee
Written by: Philip MacDonald, Carlos Keith (a.k.a. Val Lewton), based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson
Directed by: Robert Wise
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 77
Date: 24/05/1945

The Body Snatcher (1945)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Corpse of Action

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's short story, The Body Snatcher marks the last onscreen teaming of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, though Karloff has by far the bigger and showier role. Karloff plays Cabman John Gray, a sinister agent who delivers corpses to Dr. Wolfe 'Toddy' MacFarlane (Henry Daniell) for use in his classroom, until MacFarlane realizes something fishy is going on. This is the most elegant and leisurely of the Val Lewton horror films, up until the whopper of an ending! Lewton himself co-write the script under the pseudonym "Carlos Keith."

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