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Hubert Cornfield (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
11 July 1963 (Mexico) See more »
FILMED IN BLACK, IN WHITE, IN RAGE!... a motion picture without a safety valve!
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Sidney Poitier ... Doctor

Bobby Darin ... Patient

Peter Falk ... Young Psychiatrist
Carl Benton Reid ... Chief Medical Officer
Mary Munday ... Bar Hostess

Howard Caine ... Tavern Owner
Gilbert Green ... Jewish Father

Barry Gordon ... Boy Patient
Richard Bakalyan ... Jimmy
Lynn Loring ... Jewish Girl
Anne Barton ... Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Anderson ... Father (uncredited)
Leonard Geiger ... (uncredited)
Clegg Hoyt ... Pete - Tavern Patron (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Bald Man at Bund Meeting (uncredited)
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Inmate (uncredited)
Frank Maxwell ... Bund Meeting Speaker (uncredited)

George Murdock ... Rally Speaker (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Bund Meeting Spectator (uncredited)

Butch Patrick ... Imaginary Playmate (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Herman Rudin ... Guard at Doctor's Door (uncredited)

Yvette Vickers ... Drunken Woman (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Convict / Inmate (uncredited)
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Directed by
Hubert Cornfield 
Stanley Kramer (framing story) (uncredited)
Writing credits
Hubert Cornfield (screenplay) &
S. Lee Pogostin (screenplay)

Robert M. Lindner (story "The Fifty-Minute Hour") (as Robert Lindner)

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson 
Hubert Cornfield (uncredited)
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
Art Direction by
George C. Webb (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
George Milo 
Makeup Department
George Lane .... makeup artist
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager (as Nate Edwards)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director (as Philip Bowles)
Art Department
Art Cole .... property master
Sound Department
Walter Elliott .... sound editor
Jean L. Speak .... sound engineer (as James Speak)
Camera and Electrical Department
Don L. Carstensen .... chief gaffer
Conrad L. Hall .... camera operator (as Conrad Hall)
Morris Rosen .... company grip
Sam Van Zenten .... assistant company grip
Jordan Cronenweth .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... costumer
Music Department
Art Dunham .... music editor
Paul Beaver .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Jack Cookerly .... musician: organ (uncredited)
Dominick Fera .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Alexander Gerens .... music copyist (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Ernest Gold .... conductor (uncredited)
Norman Herzburg .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
William Kraft .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Sinclair Lott .... musician: horn (uncredited)
Abe Luboff .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
G.R. Menhennick .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Martin Ruderman .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Harold Schneier .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Lloyd Ulyate .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Seymour Zeldin .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Other crew
Stanley Kramer .... presenter
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor

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91 min
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The hill where the scene with the imaginary friend was shot would later become the site of the universal theme park.See more »
Doctor:You still have the mentality of a storm trooper.
Patient:Thank you. I take that as a compliment. They must be pretty smart, those storm troopers. They own Europe. they took it over just like that, and, you know, the first thing they did was to remake Europe. And how did they do that? By getting rid of certain people. Now over here it's going to be a little different. You know, it won't be only the Jews we get rid of, don't you? You're going to make it easier for us. You won't have to wear any armband. We're going to spot you a mile away.
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
some really surreal moments, 30 June 2000

I wish that Hubert Cornfield, this film's director, had directed more films. I have seen this one and three others ("Plunder Road", "Lure of the Swamp" and "Night of the Following Day") and they all bear the stamp of a unique and very idiosyncratic vision. The flashback scenes of Bobby Darin's character in this film are truly unique and often quite disturbing, recalling Bunuel and Cocteau in their oneiric intensity. Definitely worth checking out if you are into offbeat and skewed cinema.

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