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Scared Stiff (1953)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Musical  -  27 April 1953 (USA)
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Fleeing a murder charge, a singer and a busboy (Martin & Lewis) wind up on a spooky Carribean island inherited by heiress (Scott).

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Nightclub singer Larry Todd breaks off his romance with a beautiful showgirl when he realizes she's the girlfriend of a murderously jealous gangster. While on the run, Larry mistakenly believes he kills one of the mobsters and is helped to escape police by heiress Mary Carol, who smuggles Larry and partner Myron to Cuba. Mary has inherited a haunted castle on an isolated island and, ignoring ominous warnings and threats, decides to take possession. While there, the trio hunt for a hidden treasure and encounter a ghost, a zombie, and a mysterious killer. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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island | singer | zombie | castle | gangster | See more »

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They're making a spook-tacle of themselves!


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27 April 1953 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Multi-Track Magnetic Stereophonic)| (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When he looks around the gloomy gold mine, Dean Martin says, "Reminds me of my hotel room in Steubenville." Martin's real-life home town was Steubenville, Ohio. See more »

Goofs

At the club Mary receives a note from Larry that he can't make the date, she writes on (what looks like a show bill) three words (two on top line one on bottom) quickly scrawled but when we see a close up its written very clearly it reads: "Forgive me for running away-" See more »

Quotes

Rosie: [after a long kiss] Am I going to see you later?
Larry Todd: You certainly are.
Rosie: I know a wonderful place for just the two of us.
Larry Todd: Yeah, where?
Rosie: In a telephone booth
Larry Todd: [after a lingering kiss he ogles her] Remind me to bring along plenty of dimes.
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Version of The Ghost Breaker (1914) See more »

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Bongo Bingo
Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
Performed by Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis & Carmen Miranda
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Martin & Lewis get plenty of scary laughs in Scared Stiff
24 August 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just rewatched this Martin & Lewis movie on YouTube. In this one, Dean & Jerry somehow get mixed up with some gangsters and a lady named Mary (Lizabeth Scott). I'll stop there and just say this was the funniest of them I've seen yet which is probably due to the fact that one of the writers was Norman Lear-later the creator of the legendary TV show "All in the Family" but at the time a writer for the team on "The Colgate Comedy Hour"-who was partnered with Ed Simmons at the time. Also appearing is Carmen Miranda basically playing herself though under another name. She's entertaining as always whether by herself or performing with the boys. This turned out to be her last feature film performance. By the way, Ms. Scott isn't the only woman who Dean romances here. Dorothy Malone appears at the beginning as a sexy moll who likes to play around. What a looker! There's also a hilarious drunk man played by Frank Fontaine who bothers Jerry. One more notable appearance is that of Henry Brandon-best known as the villain in Laurel & Hardy's Babes in Toyland-playing someone named Pierre. Actually, there's two more players worth mentioning but since they're meant to be surprises, I'll just say watch the movie if you want to find out...P.S. This was the first time on film that Jerry says, "I like it! I like it!" and Dean first mentions his hometown of Steubenville, Ohio. And Ms. Malone is another player from my birthtown of Chicago, Ill.


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