The Horror of It All
|The Horror of It All|
|Directed by||Terence Fisher|
Robert L. Lippert
|Written by||Ray Russell|
|Music by||Douglas Gamley|
|Edited by||Robert Winter|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|August 19, 1964|
American encyclopedia salesman Jack Robinson arrives at a dilpidated mansion in the English countryside belonging to the Marley family. Robinson has fallen in love with Cynthia and wants to ask permission to marry her.
Cynthia's family include: her uncle Percival, an inventor; her cousin Natalia, a macabre, vampire-like creature; Cornwallis, a hammy ex-actor; her uncle Reginald; Grandfather, who lies bedridden upstairs; and cousin Muldoon, who is kept locked up in the fear that he will harm someone.
A cousin of Cynthia has just died and Conrwallis dies after drinking a toast. Jack wants to get the police but they are 20 miles away and the family have no car (Jack's has broken down).
Several attempts are made on Jack's life. He learns that the family fortune consists of one million dollars and one of the Marleys intends to end up with all of it. Later grandpa is killed.
Jack and Cynthia make a dash for freedom and Cynthia reveals that she is the murderer. She conks out Jack.
In hospital, Jack discovered that Cynthia made up the confession to protect him - the real killer is Cornwallis, who was pretending to be dead.
- Pat Boone as John Robinson
- Erica Rogers as Cynthia Marley
- Dennis Price as Cornwallis Marley
- Andree Melly as Natalie Marley
- Valentine Dyall as Reginald Marley
- Archie Duncan as Muldoon Marley
- Erik Chitty as Grandpa Marley
- Jack Bligh as Percival Marley
- Oswald Laurence as Doctor
The film was made in Shepperton Studios.
The Los Angeles Times thought Terence Fisher "had the right idea playing the silly plot for laughs but his snail's pace spoils the show. He kills much of the humour by holding a scene after he's made his point."
- Creaky Plots Mark New 'Horror' Program Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 Sep 1964: F12.
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