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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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Cast

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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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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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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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Isabel Bonner....played it until the end!
28 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

June Allyson is really good in this movie but Isabel Bonner should be given some credit also. Especially when she was married to the writer and died playing her part. I wonder how much time went by between filming the movie and her death.

(July 2, 1955) ACTRESS DROPS DEAD ON CARTHAY CIRCLE STAGE The final curtain fell on the Carthay Circle Theater stage last night for Isabel Bonner, New York stage and television actress, who collapsed and died as she played a hospital bed scene with Actor Dane Clarck in "The Shrike." Miss Bonner, 47, who in private life is the wife of Joseph Kramm, author of "The Shrike," was seated by the bedside of Clark when she suddenly fell forward with her head down on the spread.


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