A financial crisis forces undertaker Waldo Trumbull to start taking extreme measures. Rather than waiting for new clients to show up naturally, Waldo and his assistant attract new business by killing wealthy individuals in their sleep.
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★½ / 35mm / Tourneur’s late film, a strange detached comedy, painfully unfunny, continuously off-key, seems ill-suited to carry off this poorly written singular joke of a desperate undertaker making his own business when things are slow. The film drowns in Vincent Price’s ham infused performance. It’s only saving grace is an occasional inspired gag from a very bloated and sickly Peter Lorre.
D'aucuns trouveront cette oeuvre d'humour noir et outrancièrement grotesque, excellente, sous prétexte qu'elle réunit trois monuments du cinéma du genre. Hélas, Peter Lorre est pitoyable, le pastiche des films de Corman, incongru et la plupart des scènes d'un comique téléphoné et pachydermique... www.cinefiches.com