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"Scared to Death" (1947)

This is the only colour film that Bela Lugosi had a starring role. He also had an uncredited minor role in another colour film which only black and white copies survive.

The film starts with a woman lying on a mortuary slab awaiting her autopsy, and she then narrates how she got there. Lugosi plays Leonide, a hypnotist.

Directed by Christy Cabanne
Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
Walter Abbott (as W.J. Abbott)

Run time: 1:07:15

Bela Lugosi ....Prof. Leonide
George Zucco ....Dr. Josef Van Ee
Nat Pendleton....Bill 'Bull' Raymond
Molly Lamont ....Laura Van Ee
Joyce Compton ....Jane Cornell
Gladys Blake ....Lilly Beth (the maid)
Roland Varno ....Ward Van Ee
Douglas Fowley ....Terry Lee
Stanley Andrews....Pathologist
Angelo Rossitto ....Indigo
Lee Bennett ....Rene the Killer
Stanley Price....Intern
Dorothy Christy....Mrs. Williams (uncredited)

Produced by William B. David....producer
Original Music by Carl Hoefle
Cinematography by Marcel Le Picard (as Marcel LePicard)
Film Editing by George McGuire
Art Direction by Harry Reif
Evelyn Bennett stylist
Roland Ray artist
Walt Maddox....production manager (as Walt Mattox)
Robert Farfan ....assistant director (as Robt. Farfan)
Frank Dexter ....set director (as Frank Dexter Sr.)
Glen Glenn ....sound engineer  
Albert Deano....wardrobe

Also Known As:
Accent on Horror (USA) (working title)
The Autopsy (USA) (working title)
Runtime: 65 min / USA:68 min (DVD version)
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color (Cinecolor)
Sound Mix: Mono
Certification: UK:A (original rating) / UK:U (video rating) (1996) / USA:Approved

Director: Christy Cabanne
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Language: English
Keywords: Bela Lugosi; Horror; Mystery; 1940s
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Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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