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Release Date:
October 1960 (UK) See more »
A diabolical new technique in suspense!
After surviving a traumatic car accident, a race car driver travels to the Cote D'Azur to recover but is plagued by an urge to strangle his wife. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Claude Dauphin ... David Prade

Diane Cilento ... Denise Colby
Ronald Lewis ... Alan Colby
Françoise Rosay ... Madame Prade
Bernard Braden ... Harry Stonehouse
Katya Douglas ... Connie
Barbara Chilcott ... Baroness de la Vailion
Anne Tirard ... Nicole
Edwin Styles ... Doctor Roberts
George Merritt ... Mr. Manfield

Directed by
Val Guest 
Writing credits
Ronald Scott Thorn (novel "The Full Treatment")

Val Guest (screenplay) and
Ronald Scott Thorn (screenplay)

Produced by
Val Guest .... producer
Victor Lyndon .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stanley Black 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bill Lenny 
Art Direction by
Anthony Masters  (as Tony Masters)
Set Decoration by
Scott Slimon 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Ivy Emmerton .... hairdressing
Tony Sforzini .... make-up
Production Management
Clifton Brandon .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
O.T. Hight .... visual effects artist (remastered version)
Vic Margutti .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Moray Grant .... camera operator
Music Department
Stanley Black .... conductor
Other crew
Doreen Dearnaley .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Full Treatment" - UK (original title)
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120 min | USA:93 min (cut) | USA:107 min (Screen Gems print)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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At 120 minutes, "The Full Treatment" was Hammer's longest film to date.See more »
Denise Colby:[Referring to the chair lift] will it break down?
David Prade:Well, it's a mechanical device, you know. They all break down sooner or later when the stresses and strains reach a sufficient pitch of tension.
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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Forgotten Gem from the Great Val Guest, 8 May 2005
Author: Gordon Campbell Morrice from United Kingdom

Still recovering from serious head injuries sustained in a car crash, motor racing driver Alan Colby and his wife Denise go on holiday to the South of France. There, Alan is suddenly and unexpectedly struck with a compulsion to strangle his wife. Hearing about this, Dr. David Prade, a local psychiatrist, offers to help, but his offer is rejected by Alan and he and Denise return to London. The psychiatrist follows them there, convinced that sooner or later his services will be needed and that he should be close at hand. At first, all seems well with Alan, but then one morning he wakes from a long sleep to find that Denise has disappeared. Worse, all the evidence points to his having murdered her.

Beautifully filmed in black-and-white MegaScope by the great Gil Taylor and masterfully directed by Guest, who was always at his best working on suspense films, "The Full Treatment" is a minor classic.

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