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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Homicidal (1961)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Teenagers Libby and Kit innocently spend an evening doing random crank calls. These calls lead to murderous consequences.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Leif Erickson
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more ... See full summary »

Director: William Castle
Stars: Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe
Berserk (1967)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Monica Rivers is the owner and ringmaster of a traveling circus, and she'll stop at nothing to draw bigger audiences. When a series of mysterious murders begins to occur and some of her ... See full summary »

Director: Jim O'Connolly
Stars: Joan Crawford, Ty Hardin, Diana Dors
The Tingler (1959)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dr. Warren Chapin is a pathologist who regularly conducts autopsies on executed prisoners at the State prison. He has a theory that fear is the result of a creature that inhabits all of us.... See full summary »

Director: William Castle
Stars: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman
Macabre (1958)
Certificate: Passed Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A doctor's daughter is kidnapped and buried alive, and he is given just five hours to find and rescue her.

Director: William Castle
Stars: William Prince, Jim Backus, Christine White
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman is haunted by recurring nightmares, which seem to be instigated by her late husband who supposedly was killed in a fire.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Judi Meredith
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Eighteen-year-old Esther has been deaf and blind since the accident which killed her mother. Wealthy Margaret Landi, a native of Esther's village in Ireland, is talked into helping to ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller
Stars: Joan Crawford, Heather Sears, Rossano Brazzi
13 Ghosts (1960)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner
Queen Bee (1955)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young woman arrives at the home of her socialite cousin, and soon finds herself sucked into the woman's complex web of deceit.

Director: Ranald MacDougall
Stars: Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer
Trog (1970)
Certificate: GP Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A sympathetic anthropologist uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte who is found living in a local cave.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Joan Crawford, Michael Gough, Bernard Kay
Autumn Leaves (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary existence changes when she encounters Burt Hansen a charismatic younger man. As ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, Vera Miles
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Lucy Harbin
...
Carol Harbin
...
Bill Cutler
Howard St. John ...
Raymond Fields
John Anthony Hayes ...
Michael Fields
...
Emily Cutler
...
Leo Krause
...
Mrs. Alison Fields
Mitchell Cox ...
Dr. Anderson
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 January 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Zwangsjacke  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Joan Crawford required the script be completely rewritten to her specifications before she agreed to sign on to the film. See more »

Goofs

The steering wheel of the car in which Joan and Diane are riding is a dark color. When they get out of the car, a white steering wheel can be seen through the windshield. See more »

Quotes

Carol Harbin: I hate you! I hate you! I hate you! No I didn't mean that, I love you. I hate you!
See more »

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 Die, Mommie, Die! (2003) 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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Predictable Thriller
20 May 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When Lucy Harbin (Joan Crawford) arrives earlier from a trip, she sees her husband with his mistress sleeping in her bed and she kills them with an ax. Her little daughter Carol witnesses the murder.

After twenty years in an asylum, Lucy is released by her Dr. Anderson (Mitchell Cox) and her brother Bill Cutler (Leif Erickson) brings her back to her farm where he lives with his wife and Carol (Diane Baker). Lucy meets her estranged daughter and she learns that she is going steady with the wealthy Michael Fields (John Anthony Hayes). Sooner Lucy has nightmares and hears children singing a pejorative song about her.

When Dr. Anderson unexpectedly visits her at home, she shows that she is unbalanced and the doctor decides to take her back to the asylum. However he is axed in the barn. Is Lucy killing again?

"Strait Jacket" is a predictable thriller by William Castle with Joan Crawford, who has a great performance as usual. It is not difficult to guess who the killer is, and the conclusion gives a satisfactory motive. My vote is seven,

Title (Brazil): "Almas Mortas" ("Dead Souls")


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Headless Columbia figure at end of movie texaslassie2004
Best Scene gaynineties
Filming Locations pecoua
Did you notice a very young Lee Majors? kerrytrout
Faye Dunaway in a remake eskridge
Sculptured Head of Joan Crawford Walthall
Discuss Strait-Jacket (1964) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?