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"Thriller" The Last of the Sommervilles (1961)

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Original Air Date:
6 November 1961 (Season 2, Episode 7)
Dragging a murder victim to burial is just 1 chore a servant undertakes to become the last Sommerville standing... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Showcasing Karloff and the undervalued Phyllis Thaxter (no. 44) See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Boris Karloff ... Himself / Dr. Albert Farnham

Phyllis Thaxter ... Ursula Sommerville

Martita Hunt ... Celia Sommerville
Chet Stratton ... Harvey Parchester
Peter Walker ... Rutherford Sommerville

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ida Lupino 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ida Lupino  writer
Richard Lupino  (as R.M.H.Lupino)

Produced by
Douglas Benton .... associate producer (as Doug Benton)
William Frye .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
John F. Warren (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Danford B. Greene 
Art Direction by
Howard E. Johnson 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron 
John McCarthy Jr. 
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Florence Bush .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Bishop .... assistant director
Art Department
Jerome Gould .... graphic artist
Sound Department
David H. Moriarty .... sound
Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music

Series Crew
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Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lou Watt .... assistant director
Other crew
James P. Cavanagh .... story consultant
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Jerry Goldsmith is credited as composer on this episode. It is his music but he did not write a score for it - music from other episodes of his was edited together to create a score for this episode. In the business you'd say this episode was tracked, not scored.See more »
Continuity: As Rutherford is approaching the Sommerville Mansion in the opening scene, the present he is carrying is under his left arm when the camera is showing him from the rear, but under his right arm when seen from front.See more »


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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Showcasing Karloff and the undervalued Phyllis Thaxter (no. 44), 25 May 2009
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

Enjoyable black comedy from director Ida Lupino,who also scripted with her cousin Richard (an actor in episode 25 "Trio for Terror"). A real starring showcase for the undervalued character actress Phyllis Thaxter (a far more frequent guest on Hitchcock's series), playing the determined Ursula Sommerville, who intends to knock off her dotty aunt Celia (Martita Hunt) to inherit the family estate but must also contend with the unexpected arrival of deadbeat cousin Rutherford (Peter Walker), who is plotting along similar lines. Boris Karloff himself is somewhat over the top in a rare (and disappointingly small) on-screen role as Doctor Albert Farnham, a friend of Aunt Celia's. In the Hitchcock shows, the still attractive 40-something Phyllis Thaxter usually portrayed an endless string of nervous wives who feared for their safety so she must have enjoyed this welcome change-of-pace. Martita Hunt would appear opposite Karloff again (and Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney Jr.) in the 1962 Halloween episode of ROUTE 66, "Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing," but will be best remembered for her vampire Baroness in 1960's "The Brides of Dracula," co-starring with Peter Cushing's Van Helsing.

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