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Scared to Death (1947)

aka Scared to Death

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Written By:  Writer details not available
Details: 65 mins · English


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Small Terry Lee
Small Dr. Josef Van Ee
Small Bill 'Bull' Raymond
No_movie_poster Laura Van Ee
Small Jane Cornell
No_movie_poster Lilly Beth
No_movie_poster Ward Van Ee
No_movie_poster Indigo
Small Prof. Leonide
No_movie_poster Autopsy Surgeon
No_movie_poster Pathologist


Small Christy Cabanne Director
No_movie_poster George McGuire Editing
No_movie_poster William B. David Producer


The film opens with the disclosure by morgue examiners that a beautiful woman has literally died of fright. The plot reveals how she reached the fatal stage of terror.

The woman is married to the son of a doctor, the proprietor of a private sanatorium, where she is under unwilling treatment. Both the son and the doctor indicate they want the marriage dissolved. Arriving at the scene is a mysterious personage identified as the doctor's brother who formerly was a stage magician in Europe. He is accompanied by a threatening dwarf.

After it is apparent that the wife is terrified of the foreigners, it is disclosed that she is the former wife and partner of a Paris dancer known as René, who had been shot by the Nazis. Attempts to draw a confession that she had betrayed her dancer husband and had collaborated with the Nazis led to the use of a device employing a death mask of the dead patriot, which literally frightens her to death.

Although the young newspaperman hero and his sweetheart guess the answer to the story, they allow the diagnosis "scared to death" to stand.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2003-02-18