Mini-Review: Scared to Death (1947)


Dr. Joseph Van Ee (George Zucco) runs the equivalent of a halfway house for strange characters, including hypnotist Prof. Leonide (Bela Lugosi) and his "midget" companion, Indigo (Angelo Rossitto). It's a bunch of nonsense that I cannot begin to explain, but culminates in a woman's murder, revealed from her dead body in the morgue.

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This must have been from the period when Lugosi could not get a job. This movie is less than six degrees of separation from Ed Wood. yet I enjoyed a few of its humorous aspects. Overall, though, it's too silly and talky. That makes some sense because it was adapted from a one-act play.

Written by Walter Abbott Directed by Christy Cabanne Starring Bela Lugosi, George Zucco, Nat Pendleton, Molly Lamont US Release Feb. 1, 1947 RT 65 min. Home Video Alpha Video (DVD) Classic Horrors rating = 4 (out of 10)

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