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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Starr vor Angst See more »

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Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Larry and Myron see the ghost of Don Santiago on the main floor of the castle. Don Santiago disappears into a chest. When they open the chest they see Don Santiago's skeleton (Larry remarks that 'that's all that's left of him'. Later in the family crypt, they see Don Santiago in his glass coffin and remark that he still looks the same. The ghost could have disappeared into the chest but the skeleton can only be in one place. See more »

Quotes

Larry Todd: We're going up to that castle!
Myron Mertz: What about that old woman?
Larry Todd: Oh, she's only trying to scare us.
Myron Mertz: Well, she's doing a really good job of it!
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Version of The Ghost Breaker (1922) See more »

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I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
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Words and music by Mack David
Sung by Dean Martin with chorus girls
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Dean And Jerry Go To Havana With Carmen Miranda
10 April 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Paramount once again rehashes another of their old hits for Martin and Lewis in Scared Stiff. In one respect Scared Stiff is an improvement over The Ghostbreakers that starred Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard back in the day. At least in this one Willie Best is not playing a horrible racial stereotype.

Other than that and to accommodate Best's role for Jerry Lewis and Hope's role for Dean Martin, it's not too much different from The Ghostbreakers. I have no doubt that producer Hal Wallis dug some of the old Paramount sets for the original out of mothballs for this one. The castle where the last twenty minutes are played looks way too much like the first film to be a duplicate.

Dino got shortchanged in the vocal department, the original songs by Mack David and Jerry Livingston yielded no hits for him. Jerry does a homage to Carmen Miranda who was around on the set to see it. This film marked her farewell screen appearance and I give her credit in that she doesn't let Martin and Lewis upstage her one bit.

Dorothy Malone had a small role as a chorus cutie and favorite of gangster Leonard Strong who was the reason why Dean and Jerry were fleeing to Cuba and got mixed up in Lizabeth Scott's troubles. Malone mentioned that she had recently lost a brother and that Dean personally asked she be cast in the part and helped her through the film. She always remembered his kindness. She also said that Dean and Jerry seemed to be quite cool to each other and the eventual breakup was no surprise to her.

The boys were lucky to have George Marshall who had directed The Ghostbreakers back in the day to also direct this one. If you liked the Bob Hope film, you'll probably like this one.

It even has an unbilled appearance of Bob Hope with another guy who sang a few songs for Paramount back in the day.


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