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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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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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Trivia

Completed April 1946, but not released until February of 1947 (copyright 1946). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Leonide: There is an air of inquiry about you that immediately offends my deepest nature! Something suggesting Scotland Yard, the French Sécurité, the Italian Carabinieri, the Turkish Polizi, and other minions of the law!
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.....in Natural Color!!!!
22 September 2008 | by kidbootsSee all my reviews

Laura (Molly Lamont) thinks she is being frightened to death. She is not a very pleasant character, just the way she talks to people. Professor Leonide (Bela Lugosi) and his companion Indigo (Angelo Rossito) arrive. Rossito had a featured role in "Freaks" and was hugely in demand in Hollywood. Bela is fantastic as usual as Leonide, someone from Doctor Josef Van Ee's (George Zucco) past. The way Bela looks the Doctor up and down and sneers "old friends" with a wealth of meaning - is there anyone who could doubt he is one of the all time greats!!!!

It is a pretty ghastly movie - nothing makes much sense. The doctor's son produces a photo of a masked couple - he thinks it will clear up the identity of Laura. The ending is fantastically bad with every thing in the plot but the kitchen sink. And any film with Joyce Compton as the second lead (however madcap she is ) you know is not going to be a grade A production. Still the "Natural Color" does look very natural - not garish or artificial. The biggest mystery of the film is why it was filmed in color in the first place - when there were so many lesser musicals that could have been enhanced by color.


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