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Scared Stiff (1945)

 -  Mystery | Comedy  -  22 June 1945 (USA)
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The jumpy chess editor at a newspaper accidentally gets involved in some murders at a sleazy tavern run by a pair of bizarre brothers.

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Sally Warren
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George 'Deacon' Markham
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Flo Rosson
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Mink
Robert Emmett Keane ...
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Arthur Aylesworth ...
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Oliver Waldeck
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The jumpy chess editor at a newspaper accidentally gets involved in some murders at a sleazy tavern run by a pair of bizarre brothers.

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Laughs...Chills...Howls...Thrills! (print ad for "Treasure of Fear")

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One of the few films in which Jack Haley received top billing. In most of his films he was usually billed third or even lower. (In his most famous film, The Wizard of Oz (1939), in which he played the Tin Man, he was billed fifth.) See more »

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Haley is no comet in this one!
9 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Alas, a combination of weak direction and impossibly labored acting from the lead, Jack Haley, has firmly put the skids under a very promising script. True, despite Haley's strenuous efforts to undermine credibility, a number of sequences do succeed, particularly the action spots (such as the revolving wall and the slippery vat) in which director Frank McDonald suddenly comes to life. Otherwise he seems helpless to stem Haley's inveterate mugging. The support players are likewise overawed or outdistanced by the "star". Only Walter Baldwin, Lucien Littlefield, George E. Stone, Eily Malyon and Dick Curtis (in that order) manage to create believable yet interesting characters. Even the normally raucous Veda Ann Borg is incredibly subdued.

By the humble standards of the Two Dollar Bills (the industry nickname for producers Bill Pine and Bill Thomas, who almost always worked in tandem), production values seem reasonably high. Not that it matters.


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