The Greed of William Hart (1948)
The Greed of William Hart
Film / Horror / True Story
Directed by Oswald Mitchell
Cast: Tod Slaughter, Henry Oscar and Ann Trego
The script was originally a tale of William Burke and William Hare, real life partners in the selling of cadavers to medical schools. Some of which they obtained by grave-robbing, and some by murder. (Burke was hanged in 1829 for his guilt. Hare escaped his fate by testifying against Burke). However, the British censors refused to allow the film's release in Great Britain because of national sensitivities towards the infamous ”resurrectionists”. Therefore, in order to distribute the film, the producers had to re-record the sound track, replacing the names of “Burke” with “Hart”, “Hare” with “Moore”, and “Dr. Cox” with “Dr. Knox”. The new names were then meticulously cut into the original dialogue track: you can easily lip-read the original names. Due to the extra cost of the re-recording and dubbing, there was no money left for a music track! Interestingly, the lack of music adds to the tension within the film.
Actors: Tod Slaughter