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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. John F. Black
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Riggs
Buddy Mason ...
Mr. Phipps
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Doctor
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Phipps' Maid
Luree Holmes ...
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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Trivia

Boris Karloff was originally hired to play John F. Black but it soon became clear that his severe arthritis would not permit him to undertake such a strenuous role. Karloff was switched to the part of Mr. Hinchley, and Basil Rathbone was brought in to play Black. See more »

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When Mr. Black swings his sword at the three red candles, it is obvious that the candles have been previously cut and stuck back together - they aren't even straight. See more »

Quotes

John F. Black, Esq.: [as he's dying again] "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more..."
Waldo Trumbull: I'll believe that when I see it.
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Featured in Richard Matheson Storyteller: Comedy of Terrors (2003) See more »

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Absolutely hysterical!
12 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film as a child over 30 years ago, and I still remember many specific moments from it. I found it absolutely hysterical then, and still do today. Vincent Price and Peter Lorre are terrific. Lots of broad slapstick, but a lot of funny smaller moments and asides that work very well, also. I read some of the other comments, some who thought it unfunny. They are crazy. See this movie!


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