-> '''Dr. [=MacFarlane=]:''' What is Gray to me? He's a man from whom I buy what I need when I need it. The rest is forgotten.
-> '''Meg Camden:''' You may deny him, Toddy, but you'll not rid yourself of him by saying the devil's dead.

Loosely based on the short story of the same name by Creator/RobertLouisStevenson [[http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/body.htm (which you can read here for comparison)]], ''The Body Snatcher'' is a 1945 horror film directed by Creator/RobertWise, and produced by Creator/ValLewton. It is notable for being the last film to have both Creator/BorisKarloff [[TheRival and]] Creator/BelaLugosi together.

Set in Scotland in 1831, the story opens up on an aspiring young man, Donald Fettes, who is training to be a doctor under one Dr. Wolfe "Toddy" [=MacFarlane=]. However, Dr. [=MacFarlane=]'s dirty secret is he has hired a cabman, John Gray, to dig up bodies as specimens for dissection. Soon, the doctor starts to get blackmailed by his worker, who in turn began murdering to provide fresher bodies.

Lugosi, [[BillingDisplacement despite being billed second]], has a fairly minor role as Joseph, the doctor's dimwitted servant. This was one of the last halfway decent acting parts for Lugosi, whose career by this time was on a long slide that ended with Creator/EdWood movies.

Not to be confused with the sci-fi movie ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers''.

!!The film has the following tropes:

* AffablyEvil: Gray comes of as this, especially to 'Toddy' and to a paralyzed young girl he brings to see [=MacFarlane=]. Don't be fooled, beneath that he's [[FauxAffablyEvil one of the vilest characters Karloff ever portrayed]].
* AmbiguousEnding: Though he's mentioned it a couple of times, it's hard to tell if Donald Fettes chose to remain training to be a doctor, or went down a different path.
* AntiHero: [=MacFarlane=] is a type III.
* ArcWords: "You'll never get rid of me, Toddy."
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Somehow, Georgina's tumor was originally caused by a carriage accident.
* {{Blackmail}}: Joseph thinks that he'll be able to get easy money by blackmailing Gray. He gets strangled by him.
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: Georgina has a tumor that is compressing her spinal nerves and causing her paralysis. [=MacFarlane=] says the word "tumor" but never says "cancer".
* DrivenToMadness: [=MacFarlane=], who starts stealing bodies himself after Gray's death (and who suffers a VillainousBreakdown shortly afterwards).
* DrJerk: [=MacFarlane=], in contrast to his student Fettes.
* ForScience: How [=MacFarlane=] justifies his body snatching.
* GraveRobbing: TheMovie.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: After Joseph comes to Gray and attempts to blackmail him with his knowledge of Gray's crimes, Gray says "You came here of your own accord?" After Joseph admits that he came of his own accord and no one knows he came there, Gray kills him.
* IllGirl: Georgina Marsh, who has a crippling spinal disorder.
* KickTheDog: Gray actually kills one before kicking it aside to dig up its master's body. His character morale goes downhill from there.
* KilledMidSentence: The street singer's song is cut off mid-lyric when Gray kills her in order to get another body for [=MacFarlane=].
* MadnessMantra: ''NEVER get rid of me! NEVER get rid of me! '''NEVER get rid of me!'''''
* MarriedToTheJob: [=MacFarlane=], according to his wife.
* MuggingTheMonster: Joseph tries to blackmail Gray, which doesn't end well for him.
* NiceGuy: Donald Fettes comes off as this. Georgina prefers him as her doctor over [=MacFarlane=].
* PetTheDog: Gray of all people does this when he forces [=MacFarlane=] to operate on a paralyzed girl he earlier refused to help. [[KickTheDog He also thoughtfully provides 'Toddy' with the body of a murdered blind girl for practice.]]
%%* ShadowDiscretionShot: The murder scene.
* ShovelStrike: Gray kills a dog that's barking at him when he goes to a graveyard to do his trade.
* SignatureSoundEffect: The white horse's clip-clops.
* SoundOnlyDeath: The street singer's death is signified by a sudden silence when Gray reaches her.
* VillainBall:[[spoiler: Gray had several chances to kill MacFarlane during their fight, but Gray kept sparing MacFarlane instead. This just leads to MacFarlane escaping from Gray and beating him to death.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [=MacFarlane=]'s MotiveRant would indicate he's so devoted to his job (and advancing medical science) that he sees nothing wrong with stealing corpses. How much of this is sincere and how much simply self-justification is open to debate.