Seriously. Tart invented a gun that fires itself but only every hour on the hour. What the fuck use is that? Comic relief, that's what the fuck use that is now hush and let an old man reminisce.
|You would think that she would at LEAST wait for the opening credits...|
Winship and Tart are at the Morley Manor, a quaint English mansion, to investigate the murder of Lord and Lady Morley. Among the suspects? Their adopted daughter, a homicidal butler around whom you cannot say the actual word "murder" (Bernard Fox, best known as Dr. Bombay in Bewitched), creepy German head of household affairs (fans of the American remake of The Grudge will recognize Grace Zabriskie as Emma, a psychic dementia patient) who rules the staff with an iron fist and the quickest knee to the groin East of the Pecos, a racist portrayal of a samurai chef, stereotypical busty maid in short frilly uniform, hunchback groundskeeper with no tongue, and racist depiction of a gypsy groundskeeper.
|Ready for inspection.|
ANYWHOSAWHATZIT! This plays out pretty much like your standard Agatha Christie "And Then There Were None" mystery as the staff is dropping off like flies while our resident morons try to figure the whole thing out. In case you all were wondering, this type of movie is the definitive forerunner to what we now call slasher flicks which is what lands it in the "horror-adjacent" category.
|Poor Dr. Bombay.|
|Why does the dumb one have A) the writing duties and B) a fucking doctorate?|
|You might want to ask your little kids something to distract them at around this time, though, because the "boobs are not pockets" concept is definitely a "teen" conversation.|
It does make me sad to know that this was the last movie Conway and Knotts made together (not counting a cameo in Cannonball Run II) but those two had a comedic rhythm that was unstoppable and I miss that sort of thing. I haven't seen any kind of comedy duo, lately, that compares.
But, YES! I still recommend this one, preferably as part of a theme night with the aforementioned Clue and Murder by Death. Because they're all awesome in their own ways.
Just beware the dreaded Wookalar.