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Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig, but soon finds himself addicted.
Robert Raglan, who plays the role of a police officer, is listed in the closing credits as "Wilkes", but is clearly referred to by Inspector Donovan (Nigel Green) as "Thompson".
A good day's work, Bolton! You're getting faster all the time. Beats me how you do it!
Dr. Bolton: No matter how fast I still can't save them!
Mr Blount: Yes, most distresing, but, alas, inevitably you can't have operations without screams. Pain and the knife, they're ...
Dr. Bolton: ...
The light used on Lee's entrance varies from shot to shot.
Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1840
Before the discovery of Anaesthesia
The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to reduce shots of Rosa being caressed by Joe and to remove a brief shot of Joe's face scarred with acid. These edits were restored in video releases though the 2006 DD Entertainment DVD features the cut cinema print. In the U.S however the film was cut differently. The 'ravishing' of Rosa was left intact but 3 cuts were made to the stabbings of Bolton and the night watchman, and the surgical cutting of a patient's leg. The U.S Criterion DVD features the U.S cinema print though the cut scenes are presented as extra features on the disc.
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