Mini Review: Scared to Death (1947)

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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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.

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.

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