The Horror of It All


1h 15m 1964

Brief Synopsis

American salesman Jack Robinson (Pat Boone) falls in love with Englishwoman Cynthia Marley (Erica Rogers) and they visit her family so he can ask for permission to marry her. She points out to him that her relatives are rather eccentric and, by the way, a cousin has just died. The remaining members of the clan are; the sinister Reginal (Velentine Dvall), Percival (Jack Bligh), an inventor who has recently discovered electricity, the phonograph, and several other handy items; Natalia (Andree Melly), a macabre, vampire-like creature; Cornwallis (Dennis Price), a hammy and dapper ex-actor; Grandfather (Erik Chitty), who lies bedridden upstairs; and, by the way, Muldoon (Archie Duncan), who is kept locked up in the fear that he will harm someone. Several attempts are made on his life which leads Jack to believe that the Marleys are a shade past eccentric. He becomes convinced that he is just in the way of one of the Marley's attempts to do away with the other Marleys, especially, during his investigation of the vanishing Marleys, when he learns that the family fortune consists of one million dollars and one of the Marleys intends to end up with all of it. He wants to contact the police but there is no phone or car on the premises.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Phoenix, Arizona, opening: 19 Aug 1964
Production Company
Associated Producers, Inc.; Lippert Films
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

American salesman Jack Robinson arrives unexpectedly in England to ask the parents of his fiancée, Cynthia Marley, for permission to marry their daughter. The eccentric Marleys receive Jack unenthusiastically at their ancestral mansion because Cynthia's cousin has just died. The family, which has a long history of violent death, consists of Percival, who claims to have invented electricity and the automobile; the vampirish Natalia; Reginald, the sinister head of the family; Cornwallis, a former actor; the mad Muldoon, who is kept locked in the basement; and bedridden Grandpapa. After Jack barely escapes injury in a series of accidents that kill Cornwallis and Grandpapa, he concludes that one of the Marleys is determined to become sole heir to the family fortune. Unable to contact police from the mansion, Jack is offered a ride to town in Percival's electrically-driven hearse. The car crashes on the way, and when he awakens in the hospital, Jack discovers that Cornwallis, who faked his own death, is the murderer. Later, Jack and Cynthia leave the Marley mansion to plan their marriage.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Phoenix, Arizona, opening: 19 Aug 1964
Production Company
Associated Producers, Inc.; Lippert Films
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Color
Black and White

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Opened in London in June 1966.