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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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The hallucination sequences include footage shot on location in Japan for House of Bamboo (1955), and footage shot by Samuel Fuller in Mato Grosso, Brazil for the unfinished film Tigrero (see Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made (1994).) 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 Cathy, in reference to her work as a stripper] Was he ever jealous of the way you revealed your body to other men?
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Undercover madness Fuller style.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The striking thing about this film is just how unnervingly barmy the characters are, and even more amazing is just how they seem so apt with Sam Fuller's sledgehammer direction. Written, directed and produced by Fuller it weaves a cautionary tale of how faking madness just might bring about the downfall of ones own sanity, and here it begs the question of if the price of fame has no boundaries to those who clamour for glory ?. The film cleverly manages to make the viewer think about the thin line between sanity and insanity and this is shot with such style it lingers long in the memory after the credits role. Some great sequences allied with clever switches to {almost surreal} color make this more than a curiosity piece because of the directors "American Primitive" reputation.

Interestingly dark 8/10.


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