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Scared to Death (1947)

Approved | | Thriller | 1 February 1947 (USA)
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 green mask.

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Christy Cabanne

Writers:

Walter Abbott (original story) (as W.J. Abbott), Walter Abbott (screenplay) (as W.J. Abbott)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Prof. Leonide
George Zucco ... Dr. Joseph Van Ee
Nat Pendleton ... Bill Raymond
Molly Lamont ... Laura Van Ee / Laurette La Valle
Joyce Compton ... Jane Cornell
Gladys Blake ... Lilybeth
Roland Varno ... Ward Van Ee
Douglas Fowley ... Terry Lee
Stanley Andrews ... Pathologist
Angelo Rossitto ... Indigo
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 green mask.

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A thrilling mystery of a supernatural killer!

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Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

1 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accent on Horror See more »

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Budget:

$135,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Golden Gate Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in the inexpensive Cinecolor process, usually reserved for low-budget Westerns. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film when Dr. Van Ee goes to the window to investigate the tapping noise, he takes the stethoscope out of his ears twice in succeeding shots. See more »

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Leonide: It is my peculiar misfortune to always be in a position to where I may eavesdrop.
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"Filmed in Natural Color!"
20 August 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Bela Lugosi's only color feature film. VERY strange movie about unhappily married Laura (Molly Lamont) convinced that her husband and his father are trying to scare her to death. (Why they are supposedly doing it is kind of vague) In strolls the mysterious Prof. Leonide (Bela Lugosi) and his mute, deaf midget friend (Angelo Rossitto) for no real reason. Then there's private cop Bill Raymond (Nat Pendleton) casually walking around the house looking for a murder!

Not a good movie--badly directed with some of the worst color designs I've ever seen in a movie. The acting ranges from unbelievably hammy (Lugosi) to bad (everyone else). The plot is full of holes and unexplained people and circumstances--I'm still not sure what Rossitto is doing in this. Also someone in a blue mask keeps looking in windows--but everyone says it's a GREEN mask! Love the part when George Zucco listens to the heartbeat of a woman who fainted and immediately declares she's under hypnosis!

None of it makes much sense but--in a way--this is lots of fun. Just silly enough to enjoy and keep you interested. The "explanation" at the end is just ridiculous. The color is actually pretty strong in the print I saw and it's all narrated by a dead woman! It's bad (that's why I give it a 3) but oddly compelling. A must for bad film fans.


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