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No Place Like Homicide! (1961)

What a Carve Up! (original title)
Ernie's uncle Gabriel has just died but to claim his inheritance he must spend the night in the ancestral home with the rest of his relatives. Before long the guests begin to drop dead.

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Ray Cooney (screenplay), Tony Hilton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sidney James ... Syd Butler
Kenneth Connor ... Ernie Broughton
Shirley Eaton ... Linda Dickson
Dennis Price ... Guy Broughton
Donald Pleasence ... Everett Sloane
Michael Gough ... Fisk - the Butler
Esma Cannon ... Aunt Emily
Michael Gwynn ... Malcolm Broughton
Valerie Taylor ... Janet Broughton
Philip O'Flynn Philip O'Flynn ... Arkwright / Gabriel Broughton
George Woodbridge ... Dr. Edward Broughton
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Hearse Driver
Timothy Bateson ... Porter
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Ernie's uncle Gabriel has just died but to claim his inheritance he must spend the night in the ancestral home with the rest of his relatives. Before long the guests begin to drop dead. Written by John M Doyle

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

No Place Like Homicide! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Films Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film is heavily referenced in Jonathan Coe's 1994 novel "What a Carve Up!" See more »

Goofs

As the "dead" body of Everett Sloane goes into the fish-pond, he puts out his arms to protect himself. See more »

Quotes

Ernie Broughton: I'm a beneficiary.
Syd Butler: You filthy swine. How long can they give you for that?
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Remake of The Ghoul (1933) See more »

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Roaming in the Gloaming
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Written by Harry Lauder
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Probably the best of it's genre !
12 July 2005 | by misterfarkyharseSee all my reviews

What is it about these old black and white comedies which makes you want to watch them over and over again? I think that us brits have a real talent for the old spoof/comedy horror and this, in my opinion is the finest.

Kenneth Connor plays 'Ernest Broughton', a cowardly proof reader who finds he is a beneficiary to his late Uncle Gabriel's estate. Alongside him is Sid James who plays 'Sidney Butler' , his scheming, but tolerant flatmate. These two are excellent, playing the parts to their strengths as they go to 'Blackshore Towers' for the reading of Gabriels will.

The supporting cast of Shirley Eaton, Dennis Price and Esma Cannon are superb, each playing parts which are perfectly suited to their own individual styles, whilst Michael Gough gives a great portrayal of 'Fisk', the sinister old butler. There is also a great performance by Donald Pleasence as 'Everet Sloane' the solicitor acting on behalf of the deceased.

If you are a fan of this type of film then you won't be disappointed. It is up there with 'The house in Nightmare Park' and 'The old dark house', only better in my opinion. Sadly though, it is not available on DVD and has been deleted on VHS, but it does crop up on TV occasionally. If you haven't already seen it then keep an eye on your TV guide for it and set the video for, in my opinion, one of the most watchable britcoms of all time.


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