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Friday, May 2, 2014

Thriller: The Last of the Sommervilles (1961)

Season 2, Episode 7

TV perfection is achieved!  Ida Lupino [FINALLY, a woman in charge!] directed and co-wrote this delightful slice of dark comedy that begins with in the family cemetery where Ursula is burying her dead aunt Sophie under the cover of darkness.  It’s an excellent set-up to all the campy mayhem that follows.  Who will be the last one standing to inherit the Sommerville fortune? Stay tuned to find out the answer.

The ensemble cast in this episode is near perfect.  They are masters at combining horror and comedy elements.  British character actress Martita Hunt is crazy good as the eccentric and slightly demented Cecelia Sommerville whose fortune everyone is trying to get their hands on.  [Think Baby Jane meets Dame Edna!] Phyllis Thaxter [Alfred Hitchcock Presents] and Chet Stratton play her greedy relatives.  Somehow they are able to keep up with Martita in every scene which is not an easy task.

Then there’s Boris Karloff who plays Cecelia’s doctor and friend Albert Farnham.  Karloff dons a ridiculous hair piece and bushy eye brows and has more fun with this role than should be legal.  It’s such a joy to watch him really let loose and just be crazy in every scene.  Fans of Karloff cannot miss this performance!

Watch this!  Watch this!  Watch this!  If all TV were this good, we would be most fortunate indeed!

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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