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The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror | 22 January 1964 (USA)
Dishonest undertaker Waldo Trumbull and his sidekick Felix Gillie are creating their own customers when they cannot find willing ones.




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Complete credited cast:
Waldo Trumbull
Felix Gillie
Amos Hinchley
Amaryllis Trumbull
Cemetery Keeper
Beverly Powers ...
Mrs. Phipps (as Beverly Hills)
Mr. John F. Black
Alan DeWitt ...
Buddy Mason ...
Mr. Phipps
Douglas Williams ...
Linda Rogers ...
Phipps' Maid
Luree Holmes ...
Black's Servant
Cleopatra (as Rhubarb)


Waldo Trumbull, an undertaker who hasn't had any 'customers' in a long time is forced the pay one year's back-rent. To get money he starts to kill people in order to get new clients. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Your favorite creeps...together again! See more »


Comedy | Horror


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22 January 1964 (USA)  »

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In Spain hadn't a theatrical release until 1984, 21 years later. The film was only released -with 1 copy- at first in Barcelona (February/84, Maryland) and later in Madrid (May/84, Bellas Artes), only projected in subtitled version. The dubbed version was for VHS premiere (1984) and later was broadcast on TV premiere. See more »


Peter Lorre's stunt double is quite obvious - he's clearly a younger man (with longer, darker hair), wearing a Lorre mask. See more »


Amaryllis Trumbull: Don't you think you've had...
Waldo Trumbull: Shut your mouth. Women! As soon put your trust in them as put a pistol to your head.
Amaryllis Trumbull: You really should...
Waldo Trumbull: Be Still!
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Referenced in The Ladykillers (2004) See more »

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Great to see so many famous actors together
20 May 2004 | by (Lima, Peru) – See all my reviews

I have just seen the film - It's good to see again Price, Karloff, Big Mouth Joe E. Brown, Rathbone,Lorre. etc.. The plot may not be exceedingly good but a guy like me who saw them in my early youth cannot help but feel refreshed seeing them again. Just to see them is ample reward. Peter Lorre of all people made me remember the striking beauty of Joan Fontaine in the Constant Nymph which I saw back in 1951! And Casablanca -- ah! I am perhaps too romantic to spend time detecting evident errors in stunts as has my British predecessor in commenting. I just love cinema for the emotions a movie elicits, or the memories it brings back, no matter the technical aspects in it. Certainly, a cast as this had to be in a film that revolved around cemeteries, buried alive people (remember Price in the Fall of the House of Usher..?) I could just continue writing a lot...

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