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Helen Deutsch (written by) &
Samuel Fuller (written by)
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Release Date:
19 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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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 (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


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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)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #13341)

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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional.See more »
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)See more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A parole officer falls in love with one of his charges, 12 October 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Shockproof" is a 1949 Douglas Sirk film starring Cornel Wilde and Patricia Knight. Wilde is Griff Marat, who gets a paroled prisoner, Jenny Marsh (Knight) on his caseload. She refuses to give up the bad acquaintances that got her into trouble in the first place; this includes her old boyfriend, Harry (John Baragrey) whom she continues to meet secretly. Griff has taken Jenny into his home to care for his blind mother (Esther Minciotti), and over time, they fall in love. Though she's still pulled toward Harry, she balks when Harry wants her to convince Griff to marry her, a clear violation of his job ethics and her parole. Because Griff has political ambitions, they will then have them where they want him. Gradually Harry realizes that Jenny is not going to cooperate, and he ends up gravely injured. Griff and Jenny go on the run to avoid her arrest.

This is a pretty good noir with two heavyweights attached, Sirk, the director, and Sam Fuller, who co-wrote the script. Unfortunately, the characters aren't fleshed out enough so that we understand their sudden turnarounds - a man on the side of the law with political ambitions decides to throw it all out the window, marry a client secretly, and go on the run riding in boxcars and living in shacks because though the shooting was accidental, Griff feels Jenny won't be believed. That's just Griff - in reality, all three of the main characters do complete reversals during the course of this film with little or no justification.

Wilde does a good job here, and Knight, a new actress to me, is beautiful and has good chemistry opposite her then husband Wilde. She didn't work much longer, as after their divorce, her career dried up.

Entertaining.

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