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Scared Stiff (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror, Musical | 27 April 1953 (USA)
Fleeing a murder charge, a busboy and a nightclub singer wind up on a spooky Caribbean island inherited by an heiress.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Herbert Baker (screenplay), Walter DeLeon (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Larry Todd
Jerry Lewis ... Myron Mertz
Lizabeth Scott ... Mary Carroll
Carmen Miranda ... Carmelita Castinha
George Dolenz ... Mr. Cortega
Dorothy Malone ... Rosie
William Ching ... Tony Warren
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Ramon Cariso / Francisco Cariso
Jack Lambert ... Zombie
Tony Barr Tony Barr ... Trigger
Leonard Strong ... Shorty
Henry Brandon ... Pierre
Hugh Sanders ... Cop on Pier
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Storyline

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 funnier than ever on the GIANT PANORAMIC SCREEN With Stereophonic Sound See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Starr vor Angst See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was composed in the 1.37 aspect ratio. During that year widescreen became popular, so Paramount allowed it to be released in 1.66 ratio, Panoramic Screen. Other films were also released in this incorrect ratio that year, according to Bob Furmanek at 3dfilmarchive. Considering the placement of heads in the compositions, the cropping may have been of the top area rather than the middle. See more »

Goofs

The castle is located in Cuba, a Spanish speaking country. Yet the clues to the treasure are written in English. See more »

Quotes

Myron Mertz: Hey, Larry, show business really gets in your blood, don't it?
Larry Todd: First you gotta have some.
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Featured in Terror in the Aisles (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Mamãe eu quero (Mama yo quiero)
(uncredited)
English words by Al Stillman, Spanish words by Jorge Negrete, original words and music by Jararaca and Vicente Paiva
Performed by Jerry Lewis, to Carmen Miranda's voice on record
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Martin & Lewis get plenty of scary laughs in Scared Stiff
24 August 2011 | by tavmSee 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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