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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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Waldo Trumbull
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Felix Gillie
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Amos Hinchley
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Amaryllis Trumbull
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Cemetery Keeper
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Mrs. Phipps (as Beverly Hills)
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Mr. Phipps
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Doctor
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Phipps' Maid
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Black's Servant
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Cleopatra (as Rhubarb)
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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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A grave case of greed gone too far! See more »

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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 »

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

Quotes

John F. Black, Esq.: [repeated line upon waking up from his "death"] What place is THIS?
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Edited into The Unauthorized Hagiography of Vincent Price (2014) See more »

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Vincent Price is in great form in this fun and underrated classic!
19 April 2004 | by (Bergen, Norway) – See all my reviews

French born Jacques Tourneur, is the director behind stylish horror-classics like "Cat People", "I walked with a zombie" and "Night of the demon"! He made "The comedy of terrors" 20 years after "Cat People", and shows a director with great sense of comedic timing! The cast is wonderful, with a devilishly funny Vincent Price, in maybe a career best, as the drunken scrupulous undertaker! Boris Karlof is great fun as his aging father in law, and Peter Lorre equally funny as Prices partner! Also starring is the wonderful Basil Rathbone as the rich landlord who never dies, and Joyce Jameson as the undertakers neglected wife.

This is maybe the greatest gothic comedy ever! Perfect casting, directing, cinematogrophy and editing! A great classic, and a must see!!!


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