The Body Snatcher (1945)

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Robert Louis Stevenson's 'The Body Snatcher' (1945)
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The Body Snatcher (1945)

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Robert Louis Stevenson's 'The Body Snatcher' (1945)

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Directed by
Robert Wise
Starring
Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Henry Daniell
Written by
Robert Louis Stevenson, Philip MacDonald, and Val Lewton
Cinematography
Robert De Grasse

Thursday the 12th of January 2012

Karloff plays a ruthless cabman who supplies cadavers for Daniell. Second-billed Lugosi is just window-dressing in what would be his final on-screen pairing with Karloff. There's atmosphere in spades, but that can't overcome a talky script that drags whenever Karloff's off-screen for too long. Further, there’s a whole subplot with a paralyzed little girl that fails miserably (the girl is downright annoying from the get-go), and a hinted-at romance that also seems misplaced. Given the talent involved, this should have been better.

seen via TCM HD
Directed by
Robert Wise
Starring
Boris Karloff Bela Lugosi Henry Daniell
Written by
Robert Louis Stevenson Philip MacDonald Val Lewton
Cinematography
Robert De Grasse
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