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The Shrike (1955)

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
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Gregory, Male Nurse
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Tager
Martin Benedict ...
Jimmy
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John Ankortis
Martin Newman ...
Carlos O'Brien
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Schloss (as Billy Greene)
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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16 June 1955 (USA)  »

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In all diesen Nächten  »

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In connection with the picture, José Ferrer composed an instrumental, "The Shrike" which was recorded by several bands, including those of Pete Rugolo, Les Baxter and Buddy Collette. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are typewritten on a roll of paper, which a hand cuts at intervals with a pair of scissors. See more »

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Version of Unter Kuratel (1970) See more »

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Mundane backstage melodrama, uneasily cast
19 June 2016 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A stage director and an aspiring actress find romance working together, until he becomes a solo success and she quickly morphs into a jealous, domineering python. José Ferrer directed and stars in this rather inefficient and artificial soap opera, adapted from Joseph A. Kramm's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The dramatic thrust of the flashback-oriented material seems to be absent: all we have to look forward to is the shattering of the man's self-confidence by his over-controlling spouse. June Allyson campaigned for the role of the villainous wife; she does a commendable job, but she's a hard worker here rather than a convincingly cast actress. After preview audiences disapproved of the tough original ending, it was softened to appease Allyson's fans. Nifty titles design by Saul Bass. ** from ****


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