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

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During the climatic fight sequence between Johnny and Wilkes, Peter Breck's stunt double is visible in a few shots. See more »

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Pagliacci: [John has just let out an ear-piercing scream] That was *such* a sour note, John.
Pagliacci: [Chuckling] You were *way* off key!
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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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