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Strait-Jacket (1964)

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After a 20 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
Rochelle Hudson ...
Emily Cutler
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Leo Krause
Edith Atwater ...
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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19 January 1964 (USA)  »

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Mitchell Cox (Dr. Anderson) was not an actor but was actually the vice-president of the Pepsi-Cola Company. Joan Crawford had made this arrangement without consulting with producer William Castle. See more »

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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: [shakes Lucy's bracelets] Where did you get those?
Carol Harbin: I saved them, I remember the way they used to jangle when you picked me up to kiss me goodnight.
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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 »

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Crudely effective William Castle schlocker; Crawford's last hurrah.
15 September 2002 | by (New York City, USA) – See all my reviews

Following the unexpected smash-hit "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane," both Bette Davis & Joan Crawford saw their careers revitalized--as crones in horror films. Davis took the high road ("The Nanny" features one of her finest, most subdued performances.) Crawford apparently took whatever she could get, as witness "Strait-Jacket," an enormously entertaining low-budget low-class William Castle schlockfest wherein our gal Joanie's released from prison years after chopping hubby's block off upon discovering him in bed with another woman. When La Crawford is sent home to stay with her daughter (the lovely Diane Baker, whose career had apparently fallen on hard times as well), heads begin to roll again and guess who the cops think is wielding the axe? Like most of Castle's fright-fests, "Strait-Jacket" is a crude, outrageous (for its time), often genuinely shuddery thriller that does indeed deliver the goods--and benefits immensely from Crawford's undeniable star-power (whether you're a fan or not). The isolated farmhouse setting provides a perfectly eerie backdrop for the ghoulish goings-on, the cast includes such pros as Leif Erickson, George Kennedy and Rochelle Hudson, and when the battle-axe starts swinging, the chill-factor is truly alarming. The surprise ending is a corker--and such a neat, nasty twist that the exact same gimmick was used four years later when Ms. Crawford journeyed to England to take on the lead in the garishly Technicolored circus thriller "Berserk." If you've seen the latter, you'll know exactly what I mean, so I shall say no more. Except that, without Miss Crawford, both films could have easily come off as camp hoots. That they don't is a tribute to this lady's amazing professionalism. In private life (according to her daughter's memoir), Joan Crawford may have indeed been the mother-from-hell. In movies, however, she commanded the big screen right up to the bitter end. More power to her!


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