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Strait-Jacket (1964)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 19 January 1964 (USA)
After a twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.

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Lucy Harbin
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Carol Harbin
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Bill Cutler
Howard St. John ...
Raymond Fields
John Anthony Hayes ...
Michael Fields
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Emily Cutler
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Leo Krause
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Mrs. Alison Fields
Mitchell Cox ...
Dr. Anderson
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Lucy Harbin has been in an asylum for 20 years after axing her husband and his mistress during a crime of passion, witnessed by her young daughter, Carol. While trying to renew ties with Carol, who is now a young woman about to be married, heads begin to roll again. Is Lucy repeating her past? Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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WARNING! 'Strait-Jacket' vividly depicts ax murders! See more »

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Die Zwangsjacke  »

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Trivia

William Castle had met Joan Crawford at a party. See more »

Goofs

There are several references to the Fields' farm being a dairy farm. However, in multiple scenes, you can see that they are Black Angus beef cattle. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Harbin: [to Michael] You sit down here with Carrol because I wouldn't want her to think I was taking her father away from her.
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Crazy Credits

The Columbia Pictures logo at the end of the film features the classic woman with torch, only her head has been chopped off and it's sitting at her feet. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Morgan Stewart's Coming Home (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

All of Me
(Gerald Marks/Seymour Simons) remade as "There Goes That Song Again"
(Written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn). Both songs share the same melody.
Song being played on the record player.
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Classic Crawford
1 June 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Wow, where to begin with 'Strait-Jacket'? First of all, people who aren't keen on either Crawford or 60's horror movies shouldn't, and probably wouldn't, bother with this in the first place. That being said, its great fun. Joan Crawford is the film's main - perhaps only - asset. Crawford is considered by many now as a camp icon. This does her a great disservice because it undervalues her talents as an actress. Quite simply, she was the greatest (female) movie star. One of the best - and paradoxically saddest - things about Crawford was that whatever she was in, she always gave maximum efforts to her performance. This is sad because a movie like this isn't really worthy of the depth that she adds to the character. Adding Mildred Pierce-level emotion to 'Strait-Jacket' is almost tragic to watch if you think about how her career had gone. One of the trademarks of a truly great actor is the ability to rise above the material, and Crawford certainly does this here, cranking up the acting-ometer up to 150.

'Strait-Jacket' certainly compares well with others in its genre. Personally, I found it a lot more enjoyable that 'Whatever Happened...' perhaps because Bette Davis wasn't in it. It may not have the subtext of 'Baby Jane' or 'Lady in a Cage' but, no other words to really explain it, it is simply more fun to watch.


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