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The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 22 January 1964 (USA)
Dishonest undertaker Waldo Trumbull and his sidekick Felix Gillie are creating their own customers when they cannot find willing ones.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writer:

Richard Matheson (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Waldo Trumbull
Peter Lorre ... Felix Gillie
Boris Karloff ... Amos Hinchley
Joyce Jameson ... Amaryllis Trumbull
Joe E. Brown ... Cemetery Keeper
Beverly Powers Beverly Powers ... Mrs. Phipps (as Beverly Hills)
Basil Rathbone ... Mr. John F. Black
Alan DeWitt Alan DeWitt ... Riggs
Buddy Mason Buddy Mason ... Mr. Phipps
Douglas Williams Douglas Williams ... Doctor
Linda Rogers Linda Rogers ... Phipps' Maid
Luree Holmes Luree Holmes ... Black's Servant
Orangey ... Cleopatra (as Rhubarb)
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Storyline

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. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Your favorite creeps...together again! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Graveside Story See more »

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Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

An article in the December 18, 1963 edition of Variety noted that the hydraulically-operated coffin specially built for this film cost $9,300 ($77,000 in 2018). See more »

Goofs

Peter Lorre's stunt double is quite obvious - he's clearly a younger man (with longer, darker hair), wearing a Lorre mask. See more »

Quotes

Amaryllis Trumbull: Don't you think you've had...
Waldo Trumbull: Shut your mouth. Women! As soon put your trust in them as put a pistol to your head.
Amaryllis Trumbull: You really should...
Waldo Trumbull: Be Still!
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Referenced in Masters of Fantasy: Vincent Price (1998) See more »

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Vincent and Boris at their mot hysterical !
24 January 2000 | by whoreoffrankensteinSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was 13 years old and for years afterward have been trying to find a copy of it! I finally did find a widescreen copy a few weeks ago at a Monster Convention, and found it was just as hysterical now as it was then! Vincent Price is hysterically evil as a coroner and Boris Karloff is amazing as the senile father! Look for him speaking at the funeral!!!! When this movie ends it leaves your palate craving for more!


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