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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

The last film of Carmen Miranda's career. See more »

Goofs

Larry and Myron cast multiple shadows in a castle lit only by their candle. 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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Connections

Referenced in Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Bongo Bingo
Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
Performed by Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis & Carmen Miranda
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SCARED STIFF an excellent family comedy!
22 May 2006 | by (Burton On Trent. England) – See all my reviews

I know its now the 22nd of May 2006, but this film sticks in my memory. I first saw the great Comedy team Dean & Jerry way back in 1953 and this was the film I watched one rainy afternoon in a town called Walsall in Staffordshire, England. I was playing truant from school actually. But I remember laughing so much at Jerry Lewis that I was almost weeping. The film is a re-make of the Bob Hope vehicle The Ghost Breakers (1940) and even uses the same sets. The antics of the two are brilliant, and the business they work together is truly UNIQUE. I think that Jerry and Dean were the funniest of the teams of that era. I suppose that's why they were the highest paid duo in the world! Jerry wrote a lot of the visual gags, the scene where he is stuck in the trunk, and comes out doubled over, and the scenes in the Haunted castle with Jack Lambert as THE ZOMBIE likewise brilliant. Dean was a great foil for Jerry and Jerry was a great stooge for Dean. As I write Dean has gone, but Jerry is still with us at 80 years of age. Superb Film, superb and clean comedy. I recommend SCARED STIFF to you all.


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