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The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  22 January 1964 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
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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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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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Felix Gillie: [after Amaryllis' singing has caused glasses to break, flowers to wither, and corks to pop out of bottles] Just like a nightingale
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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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