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.
Every shroud has a silver lining!
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was originally hired to play John F. Black but it soon became clear that his severe arthritis would not permit him to undertake such a strenuous role. Karloff was switched to the part of Mr. Hinchley, and Basil Rathbone
was brought in to play Black. See more
After his murder of murder of Mr. Phipps, Trumbull waits inside the horse-drawn hearse. He is shown lying width-wise with his knees drawn up, with black or purple draperies completely covering the inside, while the top half of Gillie can be seen sitting in the driver's seat through a large square opening in the front of the hearse. However, in all other shots of the hearse, no draperies can be, seen through the frosted glass, the hearse itself is not wide enough to accommodate a person lying that way, and there is no window in the front behind the driver; the roof of the hearse reaches up only to the middle of the driver's back. See more
[gesturing toward the body of Mr. Phipps
I'm afraid, madam, he has made his final journey towards that stygian shore.
[pause, then sharply