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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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Ann Savage ...
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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Charles Waldeck / Preston Waldeck
Paul Hurst ...
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Arthur Aylesworth ...
Emerson Cooke
Eily Malyon ...
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Buddy Swan ...
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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Chess, a dangerous game
23 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I make a point of watching films with Veda Ann Borg. She's usually the highlight of any film she's in and she did a whole lot of B films in her career and they needed her. But for some reason she's very subdued as an insurance agent. Had she been her usual self she might gotten a notch or two more in ratings for this very tired comedy/mystery.

I don't think that Jack Haley could do much with this character, he's as dumb as a post except for chess. He's a chess reporter for a local paper, but they don't have that much call for coverage of chess matches in those days before Bobby Fischer. So after this doofus has missed yet another good story his editor Roger Pryor sends him out to cover a beauty contest in another city.

But another beauty played by Ann Savage distracts him and Haley buys a ticket to the wrong destination. A murder occurs on the Greyhound bus he was traveling on and all the passengers have to spend the night at a spooky tavern run by brothers, both played by Lucien Littlefield who comes off best in the mess.

The story involves a valuable bejeweled chess set, an escaped killer from the penitentiary played by Barton MacLane, his goofy drunken sidekick George E. Stone and how they're all connected. Someone murders to get the chess set.

I do like Jack Haley, but there was nothing he could have done to make his character appealing rather than annoying. The whole movie fails because of it.


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