Insurance salesman Albert Tuttle arrives at the Cyrus J. Rutherford estate to sell the millionaire some life insurance. Rutherford is already dead and his heirs have gathered at the mansion to hear the reading of the will. Rutherford's will won't be read until he is properly entombed and the heirs are forced to stay on the premises or be denied their inheritance. Tuttle soon finds himself mixed up in shenanigans involving Rutherford's niece, secret passages, a missing body and murder.
Running Time: 75 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: PG
Albert Tuttle arrives at the Cyrus J. Rutherford estate to sell the millionaire some life insurance. Rutherford is already dead and his heirs have gathered at the mansion to hear the reading of the will. Rutherford's last will and testament won't be read until he is properly entombed and the heirs are forced to stay on the premises or be denied their inheritance. But those who won’t be receiving much know that if they can disrupt the burial, the will can be reversed and they’ll inherit everything. Can Tuttle save the day or will he die trying?
Overall: I ended up with this film as part of a bigger set of many Bela Lugosi films. I doubt I’d have ever watched this otherwise. It’s an amusing film with some funny bits and jokes, which I don’t necessarily want in my horror movies. The film is more of a light mystery than anything and totally under-utilizes Bela Lugosi. And what could be the best part of the plot (everything thinking Tuttle is a private detective hired to guard the body) is disposed of way too fast. It can be slow at times as it builds up the various groups and their motives to disrupt the burial but still remains interesting. But trust me, missing this film won’t be the end of the world for you. (obscurehorror.com)
These old "revolving panels and candlelight" mysteries are usually a mix of elements played for laughs more than shivers. Jack Haley is an insurance salesman mistaken for a detective hired to guard the corpse of a millionaire all night so that the provisions of the old man's will can be satisfied. The greedy heirs must stay in this mini insane asylum until morning or lose their inheritance. Midnight murders prevail, of course, with the usual wisecracks, jealous insults and idioms of the day (or night). Jack Haley is the reluctant hero of sorts in this wee hours fiasco, although he would rather be somewhere else. For the genre, however, it is true to form and worth a look.
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