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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 ...
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Mrs. Janet Stewart
Stephen Dunne ...
Dr. Stevens (as Michael Dunne)
Reed Hadley ...
District Attorney O'Neill
Renee Carson ...
Miss Hatfield - Head Nurse
Charles Trowbridge ...
Dr. H.J. Harvey
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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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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Newcomer Coleen Gray was initially set to play a role. She even borrowed a costume from Betty Grable which she used in Diamond Horseshoe (1945) for the film. See more »

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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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A Little Anticlimactic
21 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always enjoyed Vincent Price's sad expressions and gentle voice. It's full of threat and pity. He is one of a kind. His savoir faire and manners are right at the top. In this one he commits a murder he really didn't wish to and then must use some pretty extreme measures to cover his tracks and get together with his ruthless lover. The victim is an unstable young woman who has a nervous breakdown when she witnesses the murder. The doctor, one of the top in his field, is constantly pulled between evil actions and the good that is in him. He comes to realize he is wrong and that he has been led astray, but it is too late now. Viewing this in the year 2007, it is filled with some pretty questionable tactics and oversights. What they do to this girl would require a lot of documentation. The sad part isn't the aged quality of the social setting. It's that at some point it all seems to become rather dull. Once they are on to Price's character, the story just falls into a voluble anticlimax. Enjoy watching Vincent Price. Otherwise it is pretty pedestrian.


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