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Shock (1946)

Not Rated | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 1 February 1946 (USA)
A psychologically distraught woman is committed to a private sanitarium by the man she witnessed commit a murder.

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(as Alfred Werker)

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(screenplay), (story) (as Albert deMond) | 1 more credit »
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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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While on the set one day, Lynn Bari was talking with co-star Anabel Shaw and mentioned that she was a direct descendant, on her mother's side, of Revolutionary War hero Alexander Hamilton. Shaw revealed that she was a direct descendant of Aaron Burr, the man who killed Hamilton in the famous duel. See more »

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Insulin is injected subcutaneously. The needle Dr. Cross uses is for intravenous use. 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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routine B movie
4 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although it is fun to see Vincent Price early in his career before his spine-chilling horror roles really took off, this psychological thriller feels long at 70 minutes.

Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw) checks into a hotel at night and waits for the return of her GI husband. While in her room she sees a woman being murdered and sinks into a state of comatose shock. She's carted off to a psychiatric hospital but the psychiatrist (Price) is not all he seems.

A formulaic story isn't helped by the wooden performances of Shaw, of Lynn Bari as nurse Elaine Jordan, and by Frank Latimore as Lt Stewart.

Moody B picture visuals and the usual tinny music give this minor film a sense of space and time but overall 'Shock' is a bore which outstays its welcome.

Of interest to Price fans but not really much there for anyone else.


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