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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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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)
Chuck Roberson .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Dugas .... camera operator (uncredited)
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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101 min
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
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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Early in the film Dr. Menkin mentions that Johnny started as a copy boy at the age of 14. This is how director Sam Fuller got started.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the climatic fight sequence between Johnny and Wilkes, Peter Breck's stunt double is visible in a few shots.See more »
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?See more »
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Referenced in The Best of Film Noir (1999) (V)See more »


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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Cuckoo's Nest: Class of 63'- by Samuel Fuller, 17 January 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Shock Corridor is like and not like other movies about the patients of a 'cuckoo's nest'. There's nothing the audience is going to necessarily learn about mental illness or about why the murder journalist Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) is investigating is so crucial for him to commit himself into an asylum (or "mental home" as one orderly puts it). That's not exactly what Samuel Fuller- well-known B-film writer/director is out for. What he does come away with is an exploitation film that finds itself as being, well, remarkable. Somehow, the material finds itself as inspired for practically all the way.

As Barrett learns who the patients are, such as Larry Tucker playing Pagliacci (the big guy with a song sometimes in his head and mouth), James Best as Stuart (an ex-soldier who thinks he fought in the confederacy), and Hari Rhodes playing Trent (a black guy who takes himself seriously enough to, oddly, get heard out by the rest of the inmates at times). This, plus the cold orderlies and doctors, the nymphs, and just about all the others in the place, begin to wear Barrett's mental capacity down as he gets closer and closer.

For the players involved here, it's a character actors' feast- for a B-film every performance comes off as being believable, so much so that each performance has a level that's startling, immediate, and immensely theatrical. If one was to just watch the theatrical trailer without seeing the film one might come away with a different impression about how it turns out. Fuller's script is loaded with moments, grand and minute, of satire and the bizarre, and it fits. His direction as well creates an atmosphere that changes as much as some of the patient's mind-sets: scenes go from being rather funny (drop-dead a couple of times) to chilling and ridiculous to observant, not to mention surreal (i.e. the scenes in color, plus some of Barnett's inner monologue) and musical.

Though the film does have minor liabilities, to be expected, such as a less than great ending (expectable for the genre), and some flaws in the editing. But that shouldn't deter viewers who may want to get into the career of Samuel Fuller and aren't too sure where to start. Overall, Shock Corridor is a high quality, value exploitation flick that leaves a heavy impact on repeat viewings. A+

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