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The Horror of It All (1964)

American salesman and his English fiancee visit her eccentric family who live in a remote old mansion in the countryside. The American soon realizes that someone is trying to kill everyone there to get the family fortune.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writer:

Ray Russell
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat Boone ... Jack Robinson
Erica Rogers ... Cynthia Marley
Dennis Price ... Cornwallis Marley
Andree Melly ... Natalia Marley (as Andrée Melly)
Valentine Dyall ... Reginald Marley
Jack Bligh Jack Bligh ... Percival Marley
Archie Duncan Archie Duncan ... Muldoon Marley
Erik Chitty ... Grandpa Marley
Oswald Laurence Oswald Laurence ... Doctor
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Storyline

American salesman Jack Robinson falls in love with Englishwoman Cynthia Marley and they visit her family so he can ask for permission to marry her. She points out to him that her relatives are rather eccentric and, by the way, a cousin has just died. The remaining members of the clan are; the sinister Reginal; Percival, an inventor who has recently discovered electricity, the phonograph, and several other handy items; Natalia, a macabre, vampire-like creature; Cornwallis, a hammy and dapper ex-actor; Grandfather, who lies bedridden upstairs; and, by the way, Muldoon, who is kept locked up in the fear that he will harm someone. Several attempts are made on his life which leads Jack to believe that the Marleys are a shade past eccentric. He becomes convinced that he is just in the way of one of the Marley's attempts to do away with the other Marleys, especially, during his investigation of the vanishing Marleys, when he learns that the family fortune consists of one million dollars and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Zaniest Bunch of Ghouls Ever to Haunt a House!

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1966 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa dos Fantasmas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released on a double-bill with Witchcraft (1964) after both pictures had bombed individually. See more »

Goofs

As Jack is trapped in the room with the ceiling going down him, he calls for help several times but his lips don't move. See more »

Quotes

John J. 'Jack' Robinson: [members of the family are discussing the drinks] Oh? What do you like to drink?
Natalia Marley: Bloody Marys!
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The Horror of it All
Written and Sung by Pat Boone
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Even color wouldn't help this turkey
28 October 2007 | by dafriezeSee all my reviews

I have to disagree with the poster who suggested that "Horror of It All" is neglected because it was filmed in black and white. "Dr. Strangelove" and "A Hard Day's Night," two black and white films which came out the following year, didn't seem to suffer from the lack of color. "Horror of It All" is neglected because it's a stinker. Pat Boone was never a threat to Olivier, and here he is encouraged (or allowed) to overact embarrassingly. The sets are cheap, the costumes are cheesy and the script is awful. And Terence Fisher, a first-rate director of horror films, seemed to have no flair for comedy (and got no help from the script). Neglect in this case is benign.


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