Day 30 – Scared to Death (1947)

Scarred to Death posterDay 30: Scared to Death (1947)
Cast:      Bela Lugosi as Professor Leonide
George Zucco as Dr. Joseph Van Ee
Angelo Rossitto as Indigo

Written by Walter Abbott
Directed by Christy Cabanne (The Mummy’s Hand)

Plot: A dead woman speaks from the morgue slab to explain how she died. Via flashbacks, we see her in a private home undergoing treatments while her husband and father-in-law seek to have the marriage dissolved. Enter the mad scientist Professor Leonide and his dwarf assistant. A newspaperman seeks to find out the truth to her death…or was it murder?

Personal Thoughts: While not considered one of his poverty row films, it certainly should be because I’ve never heard of Golden Gate Pictures. According to IMDB, they made six films and this was the last. While Lugosi looks menacing in the fedora, it’s one of his most boring efforts. Not very scary and the comedy segments are more annoying than entertaining. Enter at your own risk on this one. And what happened to Angelo Rossitto? He disappears about half-way through with no explanation. One of Lugosi’s worst.Scared to Death 1


  • Filmed in Natural Color, usually reserved for low-budget westerns.
  • The only time Lugosi starred in a color film. He had previously appeared in two other color films in 1930 and 1931 as a supporting or unbilled actor.
  • Completed in 1946 but held until 1947 (almost a year later).
  • George Zucco replaced the ill Lionel Atwill.
  • Based on a one-act play that was derived from a real life murder case in 1933.

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