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Shockproof (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 January 1949 (USA)
Jenny Marsh, still dangerously attractive after 5 years in prison for killing a man in defense of her shady lover Harry, clashes at first with parole officer Griff Marat, who's determined ... See full summary »

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Jenny Marsh, still dangerously attractive after 5 years in prison for killing a man in defense of her shady lover Harry, clashes at first with parole officer Griff Marat, who's determined to make Jenny go straight. For lack of other prospects Griff finds Jenny a job in his own home, and his objectivity about her wavers, while Jenny continues to meet Harry secretly. However, when Jenny transfers her affections from Harry to Griff, the situation becomes even more dangerous... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In Samuel Fuller's original script, the film ended with a violent rebellion by Marat against the system that kept him and Marsh apart. The studio had National Velvet (1944) scriptwriter Helen Deutsch step in to pen a soft-suds rewrite. See more »

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Jenny Marsh: I'm no longer asking you to say goodbye. I'm just saying it!
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Following the opening credits the camera pans onto the kerb edge of the road which reads HOLLYWOOD BLVD. See more »

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Referenced in Tis tyhis ta grammena (1957) See more »

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Shockproof (1949)
3 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

A parole officer falls for one of his charges, but is she playing him for a sucker? Not so much a noir as a noir-esque romantic melodrama, and not up to the level of the best from either director Douglas Sirk or writer Sam Fuller. The story could have gone one of two ways, and it chose the less interesting path (from what I've read, this might have been a studio decision). However, Cornel Wilde and Patricia Knight (actual spouses at the time) handle their performances quite well, and play off each other with conviction and chemistry. The script has some nice touches, the photography is pretty sharp, and the supporting roles are good. It's certainly a watchable movie, just rather bland... and it wraps up far too easily.


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