DROP-DEAD FUNNY!

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HOR­ROR movie greats PETER LORRE, VIN­CENT PRICE, BORIS KARLOFF and BASIL RATH­BONE (clock­wise from top) share a light­hearted mo­ment be­tween takes for the 1963 farce The Com­edy of Ter­rors

— a box of­fice flop slammed as a “musty, rusty bag of tricks” by one cranky critic. Though screen­writer Richard Mathe­son ini­tially wanted to pen a se­quel fea­tur­ing the four­some, the fol­low-up was scrapped af­ter the orig­i­nal went out with a whim­per and 59-year-old Lorre suf­fered a fa­tal stroke in 1964. The bug-eyed ac­tor was cre­mated and in­terred at the Hol­ly­wood For­ever Ceme­tery — af­ter Price de­liv­ered the eu­logy.

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