Scared Stiff (1952)

USA, 1952
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American comedy horror film directed by George Marshall.

Plot Summary

Nightclub singer Larry Todd flees when he discovers that his new girlfriend is already seeing a violent gangster. Helped by his partner Myron and heiress Mary Carol he winds up in Cuba where Mary has inherited a haunted castle. They soon find themselves involved with hidden treasure, , , and a killer.


* = uncredited

Directed by: George Marshall
Copyright MCMLII [1952] by Wallis-Hazen, Incorporated
A Paramount picture
Executive Producer: Joseph H. Hazen *
Produced by: Hal B. Wallis
Screenplay by: Herbert Baker and Walter DeLeon
Additional Dialogue by: Ed Simmons and Norman Lear
Based on a Play by: Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard
Director of Photography: Ernest Laszlo
Editorial Supervision: Warren Low
Music Score: Leith Stevens
Sound Recording by: Hugo Grenzbach and Walter Oberst
Costumes: Edith Head
Makeup Supervision: Wally Westmore
Special Photographic Effects: Gordon Jennings and Paul Lerpae
Process Photographer: Farciot Edouart
Art Direction: Hal Pereira and Franz Bachelin

Dean Martin (Larry Todd)
Jerry Lewis (Myron Mertz)
Lizabeth Scott (Mary Carroll)
Carmen Miranda (Carmelita Castinha)
George Dolenz (Mr Cortega)
Dorothy Malone (Rosie)
William Ching (Tony Warren)
Paul Marion (Ramon Cariso/Francisco Cariso)
Jack Lambert (zombie)
Tom Powers
Anthony Barr [real name: Tony Barr] (Trigger)
Leonard Strong (Shorty)
Henry Brandon (Pierre)
Hugh Sanders (cop on pier)
Bing Crosby, Bob Hope [skeletons]
Earl Holliman [elevator operator]


Alternative Titles

Fais-moi peur – France
Una herencia de miedo – Spain
Morti di paura – Italy
Pas på spøgelser – Denmark
Starr vor Angst – Austria, West Germany
Titta, det spökar – Sweden
Yö Kummitussaarella – Finland

Extracts included in
Terror in the Aisles (1984)

See also
The Ghost Breaker (1914)
The Ghost Breaker (1922)
The Ghost Breakers (1940)



  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.101 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.420 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.231-232 – credits, review
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.154 – review