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Shock Treatment (1964)

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An actor hired to locate $1 million in stolen loot endures the rigors of an insane asylum.



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Complete credited cast:
Dale Nelson / Arthur
Cynthia Lee Albright
Martin Ashley
Dr. Edwina Beighley
Olive Deering ...
Mrs. Mellon
Donald Buka ...
Paulene Myers ...
Dr. Walden
Evadne Baker ...
Technician Mike Newton
Frank Josephson
Judith De Hart ...
Judson Laire ...
Harley Manning


An actor hired to locate $1 million in stolen loot endures the rigors of an insane asylum.

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6 August 1964 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Agonia mes' ti nyhta  »

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Anthony Perkins reportedly campaigned for role that went to Stuart Whitman. See more »


At one point, Dr Beighley shows colleagues some amateur home movies demonstrating her interacting with animals at a zoo. Although quality of film is unpolished, supposedly amateurish film is heavily-edited, filled with reverse angles, close-ups, inserts, etc. that is clearly the work of a professional film crew, not simply a photographic record on a home movie camera. See more »


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Bacall's Dr. Beighley precedes Nurse Ratched by several years...
26 June 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Mental shenanigans involving an actor (Stuart Whitman), apparently so desperate for money he'll accept any insane proposition lobbied his way, who masquerades as a mental patient in an asylum. He's hoping to get crucial information out of another patient (Roddy McDowall) on the whereabouts of some hidden loot--but unfortunately, he runs afoul of doctor Lauren Bacall (doing a Nurse Ratched years before her time). Delirious, over-the-top melodrama that's actually a hoot if watched in the requisite silly spirit. Whitman keeps a straight face throughout and actually wins the viewer over, but McDowall is just awful and Carol Lynley is hilariously mercurial as a patient with glossy, shampooed hair. This show rightfully belongs to Bacall, pulling off an extreme role with her usual rigid-jaw aplomb. ** from ****

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