Shock Treatment (1964)

 |  Drama  |  6 August 1964 (Mexico)
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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)  »

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Agonia mes' ti nyhta  »

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Final film of Douglass Dumbrille. 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 »


Referenced in Popcorn (1991) See more »

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Lunatics take over the asylum
22 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Stuart Whitman is a money-hungry actor who is hired to fake insanity in order to find $1 million in "Shock Treatment." The film also stars Lauren Bacall, Roddy McDowell, Carol Lynley, and Ossie Davis. When asked about this film, Lauren Bacall commented, "You have no idea what Roddy and I went through making that movie." I don't, and frankly, it's a little hard to tell what the problems were from the filming. It seemed pretty straightforward. She plays a doctor who would have found a good home on Josef Mengele's staff. McDowell is a patient in the asylum who killed his wealthy boss and then supposedly burned her money. No one believes that, and Whitman is hired to find out where he hid it.

It turns out, he's not the only one interested, and things become pretty dangerous for him. The movie seems to meander along, and then becomes rather exciting toward the end. It was directed and filmed in an uninteresting way, so it's not as good as it could have been.

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