IMDb > Shockproof (1949)

Shockproof (1949) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 2 | slideshow)


User Rating:
6.6/10   762 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 27% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Helen Deutsch (written by) &
Samuel Fuller (written by)
View company contact information for Shockproof on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
25 January 1949 (USA) See more »
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 »
(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)

User Reviews:
A bit canned and choppy, but Wilde's performance is sharp and the filming fine See more (23 total) »


  (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 (as Howard St.John)

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 (musical score)
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. (director of photography)
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 (uncredited)
Ollie Hileman .... gaffer (uncredited)
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Victor Scheurich .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Rose Loewinger .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
79 min | Germany:80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #13341)

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A bit canned and choppy, but Wilde's performance is sharp and the filming fine, 24 August 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

Shockproof (1949)

Sam Fuller, the writer of this film, is admired for breaking rules and being a little bit edgy. Douglas Sirk, the director, is known for sumptuous, no compromise melodramas with gorgeous dreamy sets and an arch and affecting artificiality. They make an odd mix, and something doesn't quite click here.

The plot is standard fare but good--a parole officer falls for a reluctant parole, who still has a thing for a thug up to no good. The officer is terrific, Cornell Wilde at his regular guy best, a kind of echo of Dana Andrews with a little more warmth. But the main woman, Patricia Wright, is a bit wooden. You can feel her trying too hard too often, and it's just one of those things that cuts the rest of the effort down to size. Not surprisingly, she was only in five feature films, and was the lead in only one other.

But setting aside her presence and its deadening effect, there are some things to really enjoy here. You might find the movie ordinary for awhile, with some nice clichés and a steady development. But then, halfway, there's a huge and really sudden twist. And a believable one, a great scene. Suddenly there is a whole new plot. We aren't quite involved enough with the two leads to get swept away in their love affair (as we certainly do in "Gun Crazy" two years later, or in "They Live by Night" the same year), but it's exciting anyway. There are some scenes at an oil rig and the worker's cabins (I assume it's a set) that are gorgeous.

And then there's a sixty second surprise ending that doesn't do the movie justice and is very unlike Fuller. It's almost like someone took the script from Fuller and said, no Sam, that won't do. And rewrote it. And in fact that's what happened. One of the Columbia producers, Helen Deutsch, stepped in to remove Fuller's violent first intention. In fact, that final scene wasn't even directed by Sirk, who quit Columbia and left the country in anger (only to return and start a string of his famous 1950s masterpieces). A detailed account of all this is at

What else? The photography by Charles Lawton Jr. is great (he had just done Welles's vigorous "Lady from Shanghai"), and a lot of the side actors are really good, especially the gambler boyfriend played by John Baragrey. This is one of those films to enjoy in pieces, or to enjoy for how it fits into the chronologies of some of the people who made it. Wilde and Knight, by the way, were still married during the filming (Wilde insisted Knight get the part) but they split up in 1951.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (23 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Shockproof (1949)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Great Fun, then Awful Ending (Spoilers)...and Question Schmoozette
DVD please danielj_old999
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Drag-Net Training Day Touch of Evil One Is Guilty The Man in Blue
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.