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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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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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According to Samuel Fuller, the film was shot in 10 days, on one set, with no exteriors. See more »

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In a shot change during the fight scene in the kitchen, a bent table leg is abruptly straight and the pots and pans on the stove in the background change as Johnny pulls Wilkes across the prep counter. See more »

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Cathy: Do you think I like singing in that sewer with a hot light on my navel? I'm doing it because it pays more than shorthand or clerking or typing.
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Shhhhock Corridor?
15 January 2015 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Shock Corridor may have been "shocking" back in 1963, but it ain't so now.

This grim, bleak, ugly story that focuses in on an arrogant journalist's misguided ambitions and his self-imposed stay, as a patient, at a mental hospital for the sake of a "scoop", had no real entertainment value to speak of.

It was impossible for this viewer to relate to any of the characters in this morbid film (regardless of what side of the sanity fence they were on) for fear of catching the same screwy, scenery-chewing fever that they all seemed to have.

I thought that Peter Breck (as character John Barrett) seriously needed to take some acting lessons. And, once again, Samuel Fuller as this film's director, let me down, big-time.


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