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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Trivia

The only color film to star Bela Lugosi (he appeared in a 1930 Technicolor film, Viennese Nights (1930), but did not star in it). The only other color footage of the actor is in a wartime short in which he can be seen giving blood for the war effort. See more »

Goofs

Cameraman's shadow is clearly visible on the walls several times throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Leonide: It is my peculiar misfortune to always be in a position to where I may eavesdrop.
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An "odd" film
9 June 1999 | by Norm-30See all my reviews

This film is notable because it's the only color film Lugosi ever made.

The entire plot is very confusing (in the vein of "the Gorilla") and a lot of the "thrills" are done for their "creepy effect", without any real explanation for some of them.

Even so, the floating green mask at the window, secret panels, disembodied heads and other things provide an "undercurrent" of an eerie mystery.

It's also interesting that Zucco & Lugosi are in this film; to my knowledge, they never made another film together.

It's a difficult film to find, but see it if you have the chance!


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$135,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Golden Gate Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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