Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Last of the Sommervilles 

Dragging a murder victim to burial is just one chore a servant undertakes to become the last Sommerville standing, to win a wealthy old woman's inheritance. As a distant relative, Ursula ... See full summary »

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Ida Lupino

Writers:

Ida Lupino, Richard Lupino (as R.M.H.Lupino)
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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself / Dr. Albert Farnham
Phyllis Thaxter ... Ursula Sommerville
Martita Hunt ... Celia Sommerville
Chet Stratton Chet Stratton ... Harvey Parchester
Peter Walker ... Rutherford Sommerville
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Dragging a murder victim to burial is just one chore a servant undertakes to become the last Sommerville standing, to win a wealthy old woman's inheritance. As a distant relative, Ursula steps up her elimination contest when a closer, desperate Sommerville arrives to drain off some of his aunt's estate for a business bailout. Written by David Stevens

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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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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A few nice twists.
3 November 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Cute intro karloff

Celia Sommerville (Martita Hunt) is a rich but difficult old woman. She's a bit senile and also a bit annoying...and she doesn't realize that her niece, Ursula (Phyllis Thaxter), has just about had enough of taking care of her. So, when her nephew arrives to bum some money off of Celia, Ursula is sure to convince Celia that the nephew will only waste it (which he will do). Why does Ursula want to do this? To make her cousin desperate for money...desperate enough to kill Celia to get the money. What could go wrong with this plan?

In addition to this cast, the episode also features Boris Karloff in an acting role...something he occasionally did on "Thriller". And, as usual, he also introduces the show...and the intro is rather funny at that.

So is it worth seeing? Yes, though I find that generally the more supernatural episodes are better...and there's nothing supernatural about this one....just some greedy folks wanting to commit murder. But the ending...that does make this one special!


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