Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis provide a free-wheeling round of slapstick hilarity – the kind they do so well – in Scared Stiff, new version of the old Paul Dickey-Charles W. Goddard play [The Ghost Breakers]. Script has its chief setting on a lonely, zombie-haunted island off the coast of Cuba.
Preliminaries are concerned with Martin, a cabaret singer, and his awkward chum (Lewis) back in New York, where they get mixed up with a gangster’s girl (Dorothy Malone) and, in fleeing a gangland ride, meet up with Lizabeth Scott, hieress to the island. M&L decide to go along with her as protection against mysterious men who are attempting to keep her from claiming her inheritance.
Oddly enough, a comedy highlight in the picture is handled by uncredited Frank Fontaine, playing a drunk who thinks Martin is a ventriloquist when he is caught talking to Lewis, hidden in a trunk at dock-side. The comedy team is in its element in the story’s slap-stick harum-scarum. Scott handles herself niftily and Carmen Miranda shows up well. Malone’s chores in the early footage are carried out delightfully as a gal who likes to kiss, even if it does displease her gangster boyfriend.