The Doctor and the Devils

Synopsis: In the Nineteenth Century, the renowned professor of anatomy Dr. Thomas Rock gives classes to neophyte medicine students in the local university. Dr. Rock uses his assistant Dr. Murray to buy corpses for his experiments from body snatchers paying a little fortune for the cadavers. When the alcoholic scum Robert Fallon and Timothy Broom overhear the conversation of grave-robbers about Dr. Rock, they decide to supply fresher corpses that worth more to the doctor, killing the poor inhabitants. Dr. Murray has unrequited feelings for the cockney whore Jennie Bailey that usually hangs around with the also prostitute Alice. When Dr. Murray discovers that Fallon has just sold the corpse of Alice, he seeks out the worthless Fallon and Broom to stop them from murdering Jennie. Will he arrive in time o save Jennie?
Genre: Drama, Horror
Director(s): Freddie Francis
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

I stand before you, gentlemen,

as a lecturer in anatomy, a scientist,

a specialist, a material man,

to whom the heart, for instance,

is an elaborate physical organ

and not the seat of love,

a man to whom the soul,

because it has no shape,

does not exist.

But paradox is inherent in all dogma,

so I stand before you, also,

as a man of sentiment.

And it is in my dual capacity...

as scientist and sociologist,

materialist and moralist,

anatomist and artist...

that I intend to conduct my lectures,

to expound,

inform, illustrate, entertain...

and edify.

The noble profession, at whose threshold

you stand as neophytes,

is not an end in itself.

The science of anatomy contributes

to the great sum of all knowledge,

and I believe that all men

must work towards that end,

and I believe that that end

justifies any means.

Come on! Out of my door!

Move yourself!

And don't come back!

- Rags for sale!

- Human hair!

Rags for sale!

Dead skins, dead skins,

human hair.

Get up. Go on.

Billy! Where are ya, Billy?


You watch the stuff, Billy.

- How much they give you, Billy, huh?

- What you got there, boy?

. Ow!


Cut her dead.

To Dr. Rock and his academy.

Aah! Whoa!

Buy us a little drink, Nelly, darling.

- Buy a drink for Fallon and Broom, eh?

- Buy youse a drink? With what?

- Let's have your bottom drink.

- It's not the bottoms yet!

Ah, leave him be, Nelly.

He'll bite your hand right through,

I knows him.

Well, go on, have 'em.

Have the bottoms.

Give us a drink in there.

Put some in there, will ya?

Good man, good man.

To our benefactors.

To Dr. Rock.

Who would them three be in the corner

there with all that money for a drink?

Andrew Merry-Lees,

Praying Howard, and Mole.

Hmm, they're never short.

What now would they be doing

for a living, lovey?

Grave robbers.

- Who's this Dr. Rock?

- He buys the stuff.

What stuff?



Get out.

I'll go this way.

Where'd they go, Billy?

Where'd they go?

Leave him alone, brute.

Leave him.

He won't know nothing.

Don't hurt him.

Did you see him? The men three

with the horse and carriage.

We saw nothing, have we, Billy?

Ah, to hell with ya!

You have the same dark brains

as your brother!

- It runs in the family! You're all bloody mad!

- Oi, mate!

- Come on, youse.

- No, no! No, not here!

It's too bloody cold.

Come on, let's go back to Rose's.

Who you got there, Jennie, huh?

- Piss off, Fallon, I've got a customer.

- Oh.

Did you see the three of them?

Uh, Andrew what's-his-name and Mole.

I ain't seen no one. Now, let me be.

Me and my friend are going to Rose's.

You heard what the lady said.

Shut your mouth now!

Where'd you see them, eh?

Were they on the cart, eh?

I seen nothing, Fallon.

Quick, Fallon, we seen 'em.


Hee hee!

Here, no, Jennie, come on, now, huh?

I'll be back, with money enough

to have you naked, huh?

Come on, Fallon!

That bloody watchman

has got himself sober again!

All right, Jimmy, I know what you want.

Here, Jimmy.

What do you see now, Jimmy?

Now I can see nothing.

- Have you found him yet?

- Here he is.

Hallelujah. Go to it, Mole.

Quiet as death tonight.

Praise be the Lord.

It's a hard clasp

they've put on the coffin.

- The unbelievers.

- Break it open then.

This cold's got into my bones.

Easy! Don't hurt him!

No, I couldn't hear nothing.


The rope.

The horse.

Quick. Give us a hand, Mole.


Daisy! Daisy!

Come back here, Daisy!

Daisy, Daisy!

Whacking the horse, huh?


Now hold the rear.

- Whoa!

- Now, stay there, Daisy.

Where's the bloody body?

We left it here!

"'8 gone!

- Where?

- Well, he can't have run away, can he?

d Dr. Rock, Dr. Rock, Dr. Rock, Dr. Rock d

d Dr. Rock, Dr. Rock, Dr. Rock d

Oh, gin and pies, gin and pies.

Here we are.

Dr. Rock, Dr. Rock.

Mr. Murray?

Mr. Murray, sir?

They're here, sir. But...

- But what?

- I think you'd better come, sir.

It's not who we expected, sir.

I've never seen them before.

They're new hands.

- And the goods they brought?

- Oh, they say the goods is fresh, sir.

Or nearly fresh.

Don't look, don't look, don't look.

This isn't fresh.

Dr. Rock won't like this.

He may as well dissect a dog

dragged from the river

after the fishes have been at it.

Dr. Rock needs fresh bodies.

- Going to pay them, sir?

- Only half.

Three sovereigns, no more.

Seven when it's fresh.

Now get out.

- Good night.

- 'Night.

Three guineas!

Three guineas for an old man!

I know. It's a shame

he wasn't a young one, then?

- Oh, look at that, look at that!

- Give it here.

Get off! Get off!

Whoo hoo hoo!

Drinks for everybody!

Drinks for everybody!

- You want 'em?

Hey, what're you up to?

- We paid for them!

- Hey, get over, darling.

Stop it, now, Fallon!

There's nothing left!

Go away! Go drink your bottle.

We've money enough

to piss this stuff away.

Is there some in there?


Stop it there!

Hey, whatcha doing?

Here, have a drink.

There, how's that? Eh?

Hey, Broom.

Broom, you forgot something.

Forgot to drink to our benefactor.

To our benefactors.

To the dead.

I always say to Dr. Rock, If the last

thump should suddenly sound,

these specimens should be in perfect

condition and meet their maker.

You're almost as pickled as he is, Tom.

Who is going to share a drink

with a country gentleman, huh?

Have a drop with me.

There you go, eh? Whoo!

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Dylan Thomas

Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "And death shall have no dominion"; the 'play for voices' Under Milk Wood; and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child's Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. He became widely popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death at the age of 39 in New York City. By then he had acquired a reputation, which he had encouraged, as a "roistering, drunken and doomed poet".Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales, in 1914. An undistinguished pupil, he left school at 16 and became a journalist for a short time. Many of his works appeared in print while he was still a teenager; however, it was the publication in 1934 of "Light breaks where no sun shines" that caught the attention of the literary world. While living in London, Thomas met Caitlin Macnamara, whom he married in 1937. Their relationship was defined by alcoholism and was mutually destructive. In the early part of their marriage, Thomas and his family lived hand-to-mouth; they settled in the Welsh fishing village of Laugharne. Thomas came to be appreciated as a popular poet during his lifetime, though he found earning a living as a writer difficult. He began augmenting his income with reading tours and radio broadcasts. His radio recordings for the BBC during the late 1940s brought him to the public's attention, and he was frequently used by the BBC as a populist voice of the literary scene. Thomas first travelled to the United States in the 1950s. His readings there brought him a degree of fame, while his erratic behaviour and drinking worsened. His time in America cemented his legend, however, and he went on to record to vinyl such works as A Child's Christmas in Wales. During his fourth trip to New York in 1953, Thomas became gravely ill and fell into a coma, from which he never recovered. He died on 9 November 1953. His body was returned to Wales, where he was interred at the village churchyard in Laugharne on 25 November 1953. Although Thomas wrote exclusively in the English language, he has been acknowledged as one of the most important Welsh poets of the 20th century. He is noted for his original, rhythmic and ingenious use of words and imagery. His position as one of the great modern poets has been much discussed, and he remains popular with the public. more…

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