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Scared to Death (1947)

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From a slab in the morgue, a dead young woman tells the bizarre tale of how she got there, through a maze of murder involving a hypnotist, a midget and a mysterious figure in a blue mask.

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George Zucco ...
Dr. Joseph Van Ee
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Laura Van Ee / Laurette La Valle
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Jane Cornell
Gladys Blake ...
Lilybeth
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Ward Van Ee
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Stanley Andrews ...
Pathologist
Angelo Rossitto ...
Lee Bennett ...
Rene the Killer
Stanley Price ...
Autopsy Surgeon
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From a slab in the morgue, a dead young woman tells the bizarre tale of how she got there, through a maze of murder involving a hypnotist, a midget and a mysterious figure in a blue mask.

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Mystery | Thriller

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1 February 1947 (USA)  »

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George Zucco replaced a dying Lionel Atwill in the role of Dr. Joseph Van Ee. See more »

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Angelo Rossitto's character name is "Inigo" (as in Inigo Jones) if you listen to Lugosi, "Indigo" if you listen to Nat Pendleton. See more »

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Autopsy Surgeon: [after walking up to a body laying on a stretcher in the morgue, covered by a sheet] Is this the body?
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A good time for Lugosi fans
12 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hilarious Lugosi "horror", his only filmed in colour, begins at Central City Morgue with the two pathologists pompously philosophising about the dead girl's last thoughts before death. This segues into the main story, narrated by the corpse herself(!), about the events leading up to her demise, including some events that she was clearly not present for, so how could she narrate them to the audience? And, if she's at the morgue, dead, at the start of the film, needless to say the outcome holds no surprises.

Various different film stocks were used, as well as various different lighting techniques (sometimes soft lighting; sometimes more harsh overhead lighting, which is occasionally visible at the top of the frame) Pure hilarity involving almost everything one can want from an old B-movie: corpses, severed "heads", midgets, and enough purple dialogue to rival Ed Wood's entire oeuvre (my favourite of Lugosi's lines has to be: "There is an air of inquiry about you that immediately offends my deepest nature! Something suggesting Scotland Yard, the French Sécurité, the Italian Carabinieri, the Turkish Polizi, and other minions of the law!") this is a sure bet for Lugosi fans and fans of old B-movies.


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