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Director:
Writers:
Helen Deutsch (written by) &
Samuel Fuller (written by)
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Release Date:
25 January 1949 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Jenny Marsh, still dangerously attractive after 5 years in prison for killing a man in defense of her shady lover Harry... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(4 articles)
Sirk Offers Gaudy Social Commentaries: You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Remember
 (From Alt Film Guide. 31 July 2013, 8:02 PM, PDT)

The Essentials: The 5 Best Sam Fuller Films
 (From The Playlist. 10 August 2012, 12:49 PM, PDT)

Schizo Miracles
 (From IFC. 3 November 2009, 5:59 AM, PST)

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Nope. Neither Shockproof Nor Schlockproof! See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cornel Wilde ... Griff Marat
Patricia Knight ... Jenny Marsh
John Baragrey ... Harry Wesson
Esther Minciotti ... Mrs. Marat
Howard St. John ... Sam Brooks
Russell Collins ... Frederick Bauer
Charles Bates ... Tommy Marat
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shirley Adams ... Emmy (uncredited)
Gilbert Barnett ... Barry (uncredited)
Richard Benedict ... 'Kid' - Knife Wielder (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Airline Clerk (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Stella (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Man in Car (uncredited)
John Butler ... Sam Green, Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Florrie Kobiski (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Mac - Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
King Donovan ... Joe Wilson (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Joe Kobiski (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... Mrs. Terrence, Landlady (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Logan (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Policeman in Park (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Newspaper Buyer (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man in Elevator (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Race Caller (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Monte (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Hamburger Man (uncredited)
Tom Kingston ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Pete Kooy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Yolanda Lacca ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... Border Patrolman (uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd ... Clerk (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Manager (uncredited)
Nita Mathews ... Nurse (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Policeman at Hospital (uncredited)
Brian O'Hara ... Policeman (uncredited)
Norman Ollestad ... Boy at Wedding (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fred F. Sears ... Clerk (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Ann Shoemaker ... Dr. Daniels (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Drunk (uncredited)
Robert Strong ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Buddy Swan ... Teenage Boy (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Job Applicant (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Foreman (uncredited)
Isabel Withers ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Sirk 
 
Writing credits
Helen Deutsch (written by) &
Samuel Fuller (written by)

Produced by
Earl McEvoy .... associate producer
Helen Deutsch .... producer (uncredited)
S. Sylvan Simon .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jack Fier .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl Bellamy .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Blaisdell .... grip (as E. Blaisdell)
Ollie Hileman .... gaffer
Victor Scheurich .... camera operator (as Vic Schurich)
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rose Loewinger .... script supervisor
 

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Runtime:
79 min | Germany:80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Director Douglas Sirk signed to make this film on the basis of Sam Fuller's original screenplay, which was called "The Lovers" and ended in a shoot-out. Co-producer Helen Deutsch rewrote the script and added a cop-out ending Sirk disliked. Sirk later said Deutsch's script changes ruined the film by depriving it of the sense of doom in Fuller's original story.See more »
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Nope. Neither Shockproof Nor Schlockproof!, 24 March 2014
Author: Dalbert Pringle from New Zealand

Favorite quote - "Stop being so melodramatic!"

Now here's yet another movie from the apparently chaste 1940s where, even though the strangle-hold of the Hays Code was very much in effect, its story features a man who's in a position of trusted authority (this time it being a handsome (natch) parole officer) who becomes (through deliberate intentions) romantically involved with one of his parolees (this time it being a beautiful (natch) murderess/ex-con).

And, I don't know about you, but, from my point of view, when it comes to issues like moral ethics and a sense of professionalism, I judge any hanky-panky (with one's client, or patient, or whoever) as being pretty damn low, and lousy, and clearly unacceptable. (Yes, even in a movie!)

And it was because of the professionally immoral nature of this movie-romance (and the events that revolved around it) that I purposely reduced Shockproof's star-rating significantly in accordance with my feelings.

Another reason why I rated Shockproof so low was because this unethical parole officer (who was a man in his mid-30s) was also something of a momma's boy, still living at home and very much tied to his clinging mother's strangulating apron-strings. (Like, give me a break, already!)

Anyways - With all of the above-mentioned nonsense aside, Shockproof's "Lovers-On-The-Run" story really wasn't that good to begin with.

From its absurd and contrived story-line, to its wooden performances, to its goofy dialogue and mediocre direction, I found Shockproof's "She's-no-good/He's-no-good" premise, for the most part, much too laughable (unintentionally), far too often. This film really took itself way-way too seriously for its own good.

And, along with all of its other many fluky flaws and annoying inconsistencies, this quickly reduced Shockproof to being one of the most unsatisfactory B-Movie Thrillers that I've seen in a mighty long-long time.

Thank goodness that this utter nonsense-of-a-movie had a running time of only 80 grate-on-your-nerves minutes!

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