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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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11 September 1963 (USA) See more »
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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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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 »
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 »
Wilkes:I used to work in the Female Wing. But the "Nympho Ward" got too dangerous for me.See more »
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Referenced in Cut (2000/I)See more »


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Fuller Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 4 April 2014
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Hoping to win a "Pulitzer Prize" for his efforts, ambitious reporter Peter Breck (as John "Johnny" Barrett) goes undercover as an inmate in an "insane asylum." His attractive blonde girlfriend Constance Towers (as Cathy) agrees to pose as Mr. Breck's sister. Their story involves Breck making violent incestuous advances, deep-rooted in a fetish for Ms. Towers' braids. Breck's mission is to meet and interview three lunatics who witnessed a murder in the asylum, but have been unable to reveal the killer's identity. First up is stressed-out Korean War veteran James Best (as Stuart), who thinks he's a Confederate general in the Civil War. Next, Breck befriends Black riot leader Hari Rhodes (as Trent), who organizes Ku Klux Klan raids in the corridor. Last clues are provided by nuclear bomb genius Gene Evans (as Boden), who would rather be coloring with his crayons. It soon becomes apparent that Breck may have to risk his own sanity to solve the crime...

This insane story was written, produced and directed by Sam Fuller. While the depiction of sanitarium and staff may be slightly off kilter, it hardly matters. The characters are a reflection of the "diverse" United States, with characters representing past, present and future. Women are portrayed with singular purpose, but are ultimately worth as much as anyone on screen. Other memorable characters include smooth-talking psychiatrist Philip Ahn (as Fong) and overweight opera singer Larry Tucker (as Pagliacci). Color stock footage looks like color stock footage, unfortunately, and a certain stripper would have made a better impression visiting Breck's bed later in the running time. Yet, the smallish budget gives it an edge, and highlights an imaginary thunderstorm. Small flaws do not detract from the "Shock Corridor" viewing experience as Mr. Fuller plays with your mind. He shows where American journalism is going – if it isn't already there.

******** Shock Corridor (9/11/63) Samuel Fuller ~ Peter Breck, Constance Towers, James Best, Hari Rhodes

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