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The Body Snatcher

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Directed by Robert Wise
Produced by Val Lewton
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson (story)
Philip MacDonald
Val Lewton
Starring Boris Karloff
Béla Lugosi
Henry Daniell
Edith Atwater
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Robert De Grasse
Editing by J.R. Whittredge
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) May 25, 1945 (1945-05-25)
Running time 73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Body Snatcher is a 1945 horror film directed by Robert Wise based on the short story The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson. The film's producer Val Lewton helped adapt the story for the screen, writing under the pen name of "Carlos Keith". The film was marketed with the tagline The screen's last word in shock sensation!.



In Edinburgh in 1831, one year before the Anatomy Act was passed, a surgeon hires a cabman to dig up graves to provide him with fresh corpses for dissection – but the body provider turns to murder to get new corpses for the doctor.

The frequent mentions of Burke, Hare, and Dr. Knox, all refer to the West Port murders in 1828.


DVD release

The film was released for the first time on DVD in 2005, along with I Walked with a Zombie, as part of the Val Lewton Horror Collection.

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