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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
Beverly Powers ...
Mrs. Phipps (as Beverly Hills)
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Mr. John F. Black
Alan DeWitt ...
Riggs
Buddy Mason ...
Mr. Phipps
Douglas Williams ...
Doctor
Linda Rogers ...
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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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

Waldo Trumbull: [Impatiently waiting for Gillie to pick the lock of a heavy door] You having a little trouble, Mr. Gillie?
Felix Gillie: Oh, this dirty lock was never meant for picking.
Waldo Trumbull: Well, why don't you take an axe, and chop it open?
Felix Gillie: [Getting angry] Nobody, but nobody, tells Gillie what to do with locks!
Waldo Trumbull: [Amused] No, I take it back. What you need is a keg of gunpowder.
Felix Gillie: Hey, I have an idea... Maybe there is a bolt on the inside?
Waldo Trumbull: There's a "bolt" on the inside of your head, Mr. Gillie, and it's LOOSE!
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References The Court Jester (1955) See more »

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Great fun.
19 February 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Highly recommended to those with a devilish sense of humour. Vincent Price is wonderfully evil as the desperate undertaker. Peter Lorre is disgusting but lovable as the assistant caught between Price's evil ways and his lovely (opera-punishing) wife (played with gusto and terrible audibility by Joyce Jameson). Boris Karloff (who never seems to get his medicine) is excellent as JJ's elderly father.

Honours go to their demanding landlord, Basil Rathbone, who.... well, watch the film and find out.


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