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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 »

Director:

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 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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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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Showcasing Karloff and the undervalued Phyllis Thaxter (no. 44)
25 May 2009 | by kevin olzakSee all my reviews

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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