-> '''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, [[{{Foreshadowing}} but you'll not rid yourself of him by saying the devil's dead.]]

Loosely based on the short story of the same name [[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. 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.

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


!!The film has the following tropes:

* 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.”
* DrivenToMadness
* DrJerk: [=MacFarlane=] kinda is.
* GraveRobbing
* HeyItsThatGuy/[[HeyItsThatVoice Voice!]]: [[WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas Boris Karloff]] is John Gray the cabman.
** [[{{Dracula}} Bela Lugosi]] is the assistant, Joseph.
* IllGirl: Georgina Marsh
* KickTheDog: Gray actually kills one before kicking it aside to dig up its master's body. His character morale goes downhill from there.
* LaserGuidedKarma
* MadnessMantra: “''NEVER get rid of me! NEVER get rid of me! '''NEVER get rid of me!'''''”
* MarriedToTheJob: [=MacFarlane=], according to his wife.
* NiceGuy: Donald Fettes comes off as this. Georgina prefers him as her doctor over [=MacFarlane=].
* ShadowDiscretionShot: The murder scene.
* SignatureSoundEffect: The white horse's clip-clops.
* SoundOnlyDeath: The street singer's death.