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Genre  Mystery, Thriller
Music director  Carl Hoefle
Language  English
3.9/10 IMDb

Director  Christy Cabanne
Initial DVD release  February 18, 2003
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Release date  February 1, 1947 (1947-02-01)
Based on  play Murder on the Operating Table by Frank Orsino
Writer  Walter Abbott (original story), Walter Abbott (screenplay)
Cast  Bela Lugosi (Prof Leonide), George Zucco (Dr. Josef Van Ee), Nat Pendleton (Bill 'Bull' Raymond), Molly Lamont (Laura Van Ee), Joyce Compton (Jane Cornell), Gladys Blake (Lilly Beth)
Similar movies  Tales of Terror, The She-Creature, The Undead, Horrors of the Black Museum, Fright, Creature of Destruction

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Scared to Death is a 1947 thriller film directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Bela Lugosi. The picture was filmed in Cinecolor. The film is historically important as the only color film in which Bela Lugosi has a starring role.


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The film opens with the disclosure by morgue examiners that a beautiful woman has literally died of fright. The plot reveals how she reached the fatal stage of terror.

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The woman is married to the son of a doctor, the proprietor of a private sanatorium, where she is under unwilling treatment. Both the son and the doctor indicate they want the marriage dissolved. Arriving at the scene is a mysterious personage (Bela Lugosi) identified as the doctor's cousin who had been a stage magician in Europe. He is accompanied by a threatening dwarf (Angelo Rossitto).

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After it is apparent that the wife is terrified of the foreigners, it is disclosed that she is the former wife and stage partner of a Paris magician known as René, who was believed to have been shot by the Nazis. Attempts to draw a confession that she had betrayed her magician husband and had collaborated with the Nazis led to the use of a device employing a death mask of the supposedly dead patriot, which literally frightens her to death.

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Although the young newspaperman hero and his sweetheart guess the answer to the story, they allow the diagnosis "scared to death" to stand.


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  • Bela Lugosi as Prof. Leonide
  • George Zucco as Dr. Joseph Van Ee
  • Nat Pendleton as Bill Raymond
  • Molly Lamont as Laura Van Ee / Laurette La Valle
  • Joyce Compton as Jane Cornell
  • Gladys Blake as Lilybeth
  • Roland Varno as Ward Van Ee
  • Douglas Fowley as Terry Lee
  • Stanley Andrews as Pathologist
  • Angelo Rossitto as Indigo
  • Lee Bennett as Rene
  • Stanley Price as Autopsy Surgeon
  • Production

    The film was based on a one-act play which in turn was based on a 1933 murder case involving Dr. Alice Wynekoop.


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    The film was featured in an episode of Deadly Cinema.


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