Comedy of Terrors, The (1964, USA) C-84m. SCOPE ** D: Jacques Tourneur. Starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Joyce Jameson, Joe E. Brown, Basil Rathbone. Fine cast in so-so horror comedy with Shakespearean overtones. Price is in great form as fraudulent undertaker, who runs a funeral business with his bumbling assistant Lorre. They have been using the same coffin for 13 years! Not much in terms of plot, but Tourneur (in his next-to-last film) shows his widescreen and color mastery. Fun for buffs. Written by Richard Matheson. Price, Lorre and Karloff had previously teamed up in the Matheson-scripted Poe adaptation THE RAVEN (1963). Aka THE GRAVESIDE STORY.

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