I'm usually a bit weary of older comedies, as I often find that black/white theatrics are a bit too "slip-on-banana-peel"-clownish for my taste. Not so with this dark classic.
The film has the tagline "He chopped down the family tree", and it's basically the story about a man that decides to kill his entire family. The fact that it's also somehow a comedy, is so devilishly daring and entertaining, that it's quite astounding that it exists.
In the current days of extreme cinema with the most outrageous plots, very few films dare go down this twisted path for laughs, and maybe it's simply because it was already done to perfection back in 1949?