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Newly weds Webster (James Dunn) and Jackie (Florence Rice) decide to
spend their honeymoon on a farm Jackie insists on moving into before long.
To their surprise though, they find the place already occupied by Ben
Bowron (Robert Dudley), a recently retired hangman, who has no objections
about them spending the night here, but has this uncomfortable habit of
still making nooses. Plus, he has the coffin of his last victim delivered
to his house, which apparently served as a hideout for the deceased. Now
that's really troubling for Webster and Jackie, and it doesn't get any
better when a) the corpse is gone (actually the coffin contained very much
alive Killer Blake [Anthony Ward], a prison escapee with an agenda of his
own), b) two cops (Jim Toney, Eddy Chandler) show up to properly confuse
the whole affair, and c) the deceased's gang shows up as well, posing as
mourning relatives but actually looking for the loot he is supposed to
have hidden here. Before long, everyone is properly spooked out by Killer
Blake, murders start to happen, Webster and Jackie find hidden passageways
aplenty, and they only manage to stay alive by posing as gangsters
themselves. However, then Killer Blake makes himself known to Jackie too
soon because she has accidently gotten her hands on his loot without even
knowing it, and that blows the whole operation sky high, and ultimately,
the police manages to arrest all the baddies, and Webster and Jackie leave
their farm in a hurry to never come back again ...
Sam McDaniel plays
Webster and Jackie's black valet.
Objectively speaking, this
film's screenplay is way too muddled to actually work, but then again this
is no dead-serious old-dark-house-thriller but a comedy, so not everything
does have to make sense. And as a comedy, this film is actually not bad,
James Dunn and Florence Rice in the lead are a likeable couple, and
especially she is pretty amusing, the jokes here range from average to
pretty good, and the occasional macabre idea certainly doesn't hurt the
film either. Of course, the film is nothing out of the ordinary and you
will have forgotten it in a day or two, but that hardly matters while