Scared to Death (1947) - GOK 110


Director: Christy Cabane               AKA:
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Run time: 64min 58 secReview Rating: * *
Production date: 1947 GO release date: 1981
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Adverts & Articles: Genre: Horror
Original Price: £ Current market Value: £30 - £40

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Sometimes referred to as one of the 'worst' sleeve designs of the era, must have been a hangover Monday when this one was conceived.

Shot Glass Review

Featuring Hungarian-born horror icon and star Béla Lugosi (as Prof Leonide), a hypnotist who engages Laura Van Ee (Molly Lamont), a woman who is slowly being driven mad, so mad she is quite literally ‘Scared to Death’! Who is the culprit behind this sinister plot and why? Could it be her husband, Ward (Roland Varno), her Father in Law, the maid, her husband’s mysterious uncle or a mean looking dwarf-like character called Indigo? The list goes on... There’s also the inexplicable appearance of private eye Bill Raymond (Nat Pendleton) seemingly waiting, like that of a vulture, for someone to get killed so he can be first on the scene and score brownie points with his superiors! There’s a definite Scooby-Doo-like quality here, and as each character is analysed and vetted before the real villain is finally unmasked, it becomes clear in hindsight that many were just thrown-in for dramatic or comical effect!

Scared to Death was completed in April 1946, but wasn’t seen until the summer of 1947. This was the well publicised only colour film to star Mr Lugosi, and one of only a handful of films that the star, then notoriously addicted to drugs, would appear in before the 73-year-old star died of a heart attack, just a few years later in August 16th 1956.

Scared to death was directed by actor turned filmmaker Christy “William” Cabanne, who was one of America’s most prolific and hard working film directors at the time. Cabanne had already directed no less than 160 productions by this time, including many silent films since first taking the director’s chair in 1912.

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