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Shock Corridor -- 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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Director:
Writer:
Samuel Fuller (written by)
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Release Date:
11 September 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Medical Jungle Doctors Don't Talk About!
Plot:
Bent on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange and unclear murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
One Strange Movie See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Breck ... Johnny Barrett

Constance Towers ... Cathy
Gene Evans ... Boden

James Best ... Stuart
Hari Rhodes ... Trent
Larry Tucker ... Pagliacci
Paul Dubov ... Dr. J.L. Menkin
Chuck Roberson ... Wilkes
Neyle Morrow ... Psycho
John Matthews ... Dr. L.G. Cristo
Bill Zuckert ... 'Swanee' Swanson
John Craig ... Lloyd
Philip Ahn ... Dr. Fong
Frank Gerstle ... Lt. Kane
Rachel Romen ... Singing nympho
Barbara Perry
Marlene Manners
Linda Randolph ... Dance teacher in therapy class
Lucille Curtis
Jeanette Dana
Marie Devereux ... Nympho
Karen Conrad
Allison Daniell

Chuck Hicks ... Tough attendant
Wally Campo
Ray Baxter
Linda Barrett
Harry Fleer

Directed by
Samuel Fuller 
 
Writing credits
Samuel Fuller (written by)

Produced by
Samuel Fuller .... producer
Sam Firks .... executive producer (uncredited)
Leon Fromkess .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
 
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez 
Samuel Fuller (dream sequence) (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Jerome Thoms 
 
Art Direction by
Eugène Lourié  (as Eugene Lourie)
 
Set Decoration by
Charles S. Thompson  (as Charles Thompson)
 
Costume Design by
Einar Bourman  (as Einar H. Bourman)
 
Makeup Department
Dan Greenway .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Rudolph C. Flothow .... production manager (as Rudolph Flothow)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Floyd Joyer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Philip Mitchell .... recording supervisor (as Phil Mitchell)
Josef von Stroheim .... sound effects editor
Gordon Zahler .... sound effects supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Charles Duncan .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... special optical effects (as Lynn Dunn)
 
Music Department
Jack Lowry .... music editor
Gordon Zahler .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Mary Chaffee .... script supervisor (as Mary Chaffe)
Jon Gregory .... choreographer
Herbert G. Luft .... assistant: Leon Fromkess
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
101 min
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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Norway:16 (1964) | Portugal:(Banned) | Sweden:(Banned) (1964) | UK:(Banned) (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1990) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #20495)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Johnny Barrett:Who killed Sloan in the kitchen?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in I Am Curious, Film (1995)See more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
One Strange Movie, 4 November 2001
Author: FANatic-10 from Las Vegas, NV

Shock Corridor is one of Samuel Fuller's wildest works, a deeply personal examination of insanity by the premier exponant of 50's and 60's Pulp Cinema. I prefer "The Naked Kiss", but "Shock Corridor" certainly stands as a unique and memorable work. It is silly, no downright ludicrous at times, as seen today, but this must have been strong stuff when it came out in 1963. It boldly takes on such topics as incest, racism and cold war paranoia. Not sensitively, mind you, yet quite boldly!

Every scene in this movie seems to be played at fever pitch, and I have to say I believe its been over-rated critically, due to the auteur theory run amok, but I do admire Fuller's gutsiness and directorial skill. If only his skills as a scenarist and dialogue writer were commensurate! He did, however, certainly know how to pull an intense performance out of an actor. Breck and Towers are rather ridiculously intense at times, as a matter of fact, though forgivably so, as they are instruments of their director and express his style perfectly. Hari Rhodes, who people of my generation may remember from the tv series, "Daktari", gives a terrific supporting performance, as does the memorable Larry Tucker, who later became a Hollywood screenwriter and producer.

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