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Scared Stiff (1953)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror, Musical | 27 April 1953 (USA)
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 duke1029

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They're making a spook-tacle of themselves!


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27 April 1953 (USA)  »

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Starr vor Angst  »

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(Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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1.37 : 1
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George Marshall also directed the earlier version of this film (The Ghost Breakers (1940)). 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 »

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Tony Warren: It's worse than horrible because a zombie has no will of his own. Every once in a while you see him walking about with dead eyes blindly following orders, not knowing what they do and not caring.
Myron Mertz: Just like husbands.
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Version of The Ghost Breaker (1914) See more »

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Enchiladas
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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