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Scared Stiff is a 1953 comedy-horror film starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Essentially a remake of The Ghost Breakers, the story centers around a singer named Larry (Martin) and his clumsy best friend Myron (Lewis) fleeing a false murder rap by boarding a cruise ship to Cuba. A pretty heiress, Mary, has inherited a haunted castle on a Cuban island, and Larry and Myron must protect her from various spooks waiting for her there.

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  • Disguised in Drag: Myron has to wear a fruit bowl on his head and lip sync "Mama Yo Quiero" after the singer falls ill. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Myron lampshades the fact that Larry's inability to resist a pretty girl is always putting them in danger.
  • Distressed Damsel: Someone - or something - really doesn't want Mary to have that island.
  • Femme Fatale: Rosie, who seemingly seduces Larry just to get him on Shorty's shit list.
  • Literal-Minded: When Shorty's gang demands that Myron "sing", he squeaks off a few bars of "Just One More Chance".
  • Manchild: Myron - not surprising, considering his actor.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Larry flees the country thinking he shot one of Shorty's men to death, only to find out that the murder weapon was a different caliber, so it couldn't have been him.
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  • Ominous Pipe Organ: The haunted castle in the climax has one, and playing the right tune on it opens secret passageways.
  • That's All, Folks!: The three leads pull this at the end after a gag involving Bob Hope and Bing Crosby as skeletons.
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