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The Shrike (1955)

 -  Drama  -  21 June 1955 (Japan)
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A successful theatrical director is driven to failure by the machinations of his vengeful wife. Eventually, he lands in a mental hospital where both his wife and his new love, a young ... See full summary »

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Ann Downs
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Charlotte Moore
Kendall Clark ...
Dr. R.S. Bellman
Isabel Bonner ...
Dr. Barrow
Jay Barney ...
Dr. Kramer
Somar Alberg ...
Dr. Schlesinger
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Harry Downs
Richard Benedict ...
Gregory, Male Nurse
Herbie Faye ...
Tager
Martin Benedict ...
Jimmy
Will Kuluva ...
John Ankortis
Martin Newman ...
Carlos O'Brien
Billy Greene ...
Schloss
Joe Comadore ...
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A successful theatrical director is driven to failure by the machinations of his vengeful wife. Eventually, he lands in a mental hospital where both his wife and his new love, a young actress named Charlotte, are waiting to see him. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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21 June 1955 (Japan)  »

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Allyson badly wanted to play a dramatic, villainous role and, according to her, "begged them to let me (play Ann Downs)." However, preview audiences said "'June Allyson would never, ever put her husband in an insane asylum and leave him there. She'd at least get him out.' We had to reshoot the end of the film [where] I went back to the insane asylum . . . So I could be good. So the public never accepted me as anything but the wife and the girl next door." See more »

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Fascinating Psychological Study
31 August 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

June Allyson steps way out of type for this bravura acting effort. It is a psychological study of a playwright (Jose Ferrer) slowly sinking into depression and attempting suicide unsuccessfully. Allyson plays his loving but demanding wife. It is very clinical and grimly realistic. Allyson is magnificent and 100% believable as the domineering wife who comes close to loving her man to death. Ferrer is very good as the brooding playwright who comes apart at the seams under the pressure he buys into. Edward Platt is very good as Ferrer's brother. Only Joy Page is a tad unbelievable as Ferrer's ultra-sympathetic would-be paramour. Altogether, I rate it 9/10.


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