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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.

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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
Beverly Powers ...
Mrs. Phipps (as Beverly Hills)
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Mr. John F. Black
Alan DeWitt ...
Buddy Mason ...
Mr. Phipps
Douglas Williams ...
Doctor
Linda Rogers ...
Phipps' Maid
Luree Holmes ...
Black's Servant
Orangey ...
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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Every shroud has a silver lining! See more »

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22 January 1964 (USA)  »

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The Graveside Story  »

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Completed September 1963. 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 »

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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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One of my favorites
26 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film really shouldn't be taken seriously. It's a spoof of itself, through and through, and it looks like the cast had a good time with it.

My three favorites are here: Vincent Price plays the unscrupulous mortician, whose impatience brings his floundering business some new customers. Peter Lorre is his unwilling partner and Boris Karloff is the bumbling father in law. Pretty Joyce Jameson is here too, with a singing voice that could shatter nerve endings but which nonetheless weaves a siren spell over lovesick Lorre. Basil Rathbone is here too, playing his part of The Rich Jerk with an unrivaled prissy elegance. Vincent Price has never played a better slimy villain; his performance is truly hysterical. This is a very satisfying film; it's funny, it's spooky when it needs to be and it has a great happy ending where everyone who deserves comeuppance gets it and everyone else goes away happily ever after. I actually prefer this film to "The Raven" and would only name "The Masque of the Red Death" as my absolute favorite out of all the Corman/Price vehicles.


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