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Shock Corridor (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 19 June 1964 (Italy)
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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'Swanee' Swanson (as William Zuckert)
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Dr. Fong
Frank Gerstle ...
Lt. Kane
Rachel Romen ...
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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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Shocking World of Psychos and Sex-Maddened Women Exposed! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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19 June 1964 (Italy)  »

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Both this and Samuel Fuller's following movie The Naked Kiss (1964) were rejected for UK cinema certificates and remained unavailable until 1990. See more »

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

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Lloyd: Trent!
Trent: Yes, sir.
Lloyd: A pillow case is missing.
Trent: I don't have it, sir.
Lloyd: It's from your bed.
Trent: I don't have it, sir.
Lloyd: You want to go back into the hall?
Trent: I don't have it, sir!
Wilkes: [Trying to end the argument] Let him keep it.
Lloyd: Keep out of this, Wilkes!
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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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