The first and best of the three Val Lewton-Boris Karloff collaborations for RKO (ISLE OF THE DEAD and BEDLAM would follow), THE BODY SNATCHER is an excellent adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's short story, scripted by Lewton himself (under the pseudonym Carlos Keith) and directed with
considerable skill and admirable restraint by Robert Wise. This chilling and atmospheric tale of grave-robbing in 1832 Edinburgh features Henry Daniell as MacFarlane, a doctor who regularly buys cadavers that are delivered to his back door by menacing cabbie Gray (Karloff). When Gray turns to
murder in his quest for bodies--and delivers the still-warm corpse of a young street sing...