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Shock (1946)

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A psychologically distraught woman is committed to a private sanitarium by the man whom she witnessed commit a murder.

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(as Alfred Werker)

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Lynn Bari ...
Frank Latimore ...
Anabel Shaw ...
Mrs. Janet Stewart
Stephen Dunne ...
Dr. Stevens (as Michael Dunne)
Reed Hadley ...
District Attorney O'Neill
Renee Carson ...
Miss Hatfield - Head Nurse
Charles Trowbridge ...
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Dr. Cross, a psychiatrist, is treating a young woman, Janet Stewart, who is in a coma-state, brought on when she heard loud arguing, went to her window and saw a man strike his wife with a candlestick and kill her. As she comes out of her shock, she recognizes Dr. Cross as the killer. He takes her to his sanitarium and urged by his nurse/lover, Elaine Jordan, gives Janet an overdose of insulin. But he can't bring himself to murder her in cold blood and asks Elaine to get the medicine to save her. She refuses, they argue, and he strangles her. He saves Janet's life, but now faces two murder charges. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He never dreamed what it would all lead to...and she didn't care !


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1 February 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Morte Veste-se de Branco  »

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$375,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Lt. Paul Stewart: Well, if you give Janet this insulin, how certain can you be it'll help her?
Dr. Richard Cross: I'm neither a miracle man nor a prophet, Lieutenant. If medicine were an exact science, not an art, I might be able to tell you.
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Modest programmer based on witness to murder theme...
9 October 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

SHOCK hardly lives up to its promising title. It's a rather tepid little B&W thriller that serves only to remind us what VINCENT PRICE was like just as his career was beginning to take shape at Fox. As usual, he's at his best as a shady character, a doctor who commits a crime of passion only to find out that it has been witnessed by a woman neighbor. Annabel Shaw plays the woman who goes into shock after witnessing the crime--a performance that is not quite as riveting as it should be for this type of suspense yarn. The suspense lies in wondering how Price will deal with the woman. Lynn Bari is his cohort in keeping the crime away from the police.

It's a premise that has been used countless times, often to better advantage than it is here. Worthwhile for some suspenseful moments at Price's sanitarium but none of the suspense is milked for all it's worth. Frank Latimore does nicely as the husband whose wife has gone into shock after her traumatic witnessing of murder and Reed Hadley does a smooth job as a detective.

Modestly entertaining if you don't expect too much.


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