The second story just didn't work for me.
Tone wise the second story is all over the place.
We get these great moments of comedy between Price and Lorre that had me smiling, but there is also spousal abuse, threatened violence towards animals, and infidelity. The two elements didn't really gel very well. The latter elements just prevented me from seeming it as a good horror comedy.
P.S. Did anyone else simultaneously wince and roll their eyes when Helene kept fainting in The Case of M. Valdemar? I like watching older movies, but moments like those completely throw me out of the story.