November 1st, 2012: The Body Snatcher (1945)

Cast and Crew: Robert Wise (Director); Val Lewton (Producer); Bela Lugosi

What It’s About: John Gray (Boris Karlof), a cab man who just happens to be a body snatcher in the old sense-he steals corpses for anatomists. Dr. MacFarlane (Henry Daniell) and his assistant, Fettes (Russell Wade), a young and idealistic medical student are trying to help a young girl walk again. To do so they need more bodies, and to get more bodies fast they enlist Gray, who isn’t above murder….

Why Watch it Today?:  Infamous body snatchers/murderers Burke and Hare were arrested on this date in 1828; today’s movie is based on a Robert Louis Stevenson inspired by their case.

Mo Rating for Movember:  This is a great film for sideburns and terrible hair, but there are no good Mos.  0 out of 5 Mos (an inauspicious start to Movember!)

“Bleah! You vant a moustache? Get John Carradine!”

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