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Shock Corridor (1963)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  11 September 1963 (USA)
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Bent on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange and unclear murder.

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Johnny Barrett, an ambitious journalist, is determined to win a Pulitzer Prize by solving a murder committed in a lunatic asylum and witnessed only by three inmates, from whom the police have been unable to extract the information. With the connivance of a psychiatrist, and the reluctant help of his girlfriend, he succeeds in having himself declared insane and sent to the asylum. There he slowly tracks down and interviews the witnesses - but things are stranger than they seem ... Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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The Medical Jungle Doctors Don't Talk About!

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Early in the film, during the strip club scenes, a photograph of Samuel Fuller (famously with a cigar) can be seen on the wall. See more »

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When talking to the police near the beginning of the movie, when shot from the back, Cathy's coat collar is up, but when we see her from the front, her collar is down. See more »

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Dr. L.G. Cristo: [to John] You're suffering from a form of Dementia Praecox, incident to the age of puberty, characterized by childish behavior, hallucinations, and emotional deterioration.
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Good results with minimal cash
3 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This is a strange, effective movie, hampered by a B-movie look and a substandard (obviously non-union) cast. Interesting story about a journalist who goes to an insane asylum to uncover a murder and ends up with a permanent bed. Moments of realism, interestingly fast and unmatched editing (unmatched shots, use of color stock footage to illustrate insanity!). Lots of shlockey situations, though, and ultimately we can't get to into his situation because the story didn't ground his character or the relationship with his girlfriend enough before he got into the asylum. Nice photography as usual by Cortez.


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