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Strait-Jacket -- Movie queen Joan Crawford gives a chilling performance in this rousing shocker about a jealous wife with a hasty hatchet.


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Release Date:
19 January 1964 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Lucy Harbin

Diane Baker ... Carol Harbin

Leif Erickson ... Bill Cutler
Howard St. John ... Raymond Fields
John Anthony Hayes ... Michael Fields

Rochelle Hudson ... Emily Cutler

George Kennedy ... Leo Krause
Edith Atwater ... Mrs. Alison Fields
Mitchell Cox ... Dr. Anderson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vicki Cos ... Carol Harbin: age 3 (uncredited)
Patricia Crest ... Stella Fulton (uncredited)
Laura Hess ... Second little girl (uncredited)
Howard Hoffman ... (uncredited)
Patty Lee ... First little girl (uncredited)
Lynn Lundgren ... Beautician (uncredited)

Lee Majors ... Frank Harbin (uncredited)
Robert Ward ... Shoe Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
William Castle 
Writing credits
Robert Bloch (written by)

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Dona Holloway .... associate producer
Original Music by
Van Alexander 
Cinematography by
Arthur E. Arling (director of photography) (as Arthur Arling)
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup creator
Peggy Shannon .... hair styles: Miss Crawford
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist: Miss Crawford (as Monte Westmore)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert S. Greene .... assistant director (as Herbert Greene)
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... first assistant camera
Music Department
Paul Tanner .... musician: electro-theremin (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:(Banned) (1964) | Portugal:M/16 | UK:X (theatrical release) (cut) | USA:Approved (No. 20618) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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This film is listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.See more »
Continuity: Early in film, front page of a newspaper announcing Lucy Harbin's sentence to an insane asylum features a photo of her wearing a pair of earrings that she didn't purchase until her release, twenty years later.See more »
First little girl:Lucy Harbin took an axe, gave her husband forty whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave his girlfriend forty one.
Carol Harbin:[Lucy storms out to find two girls playing jump rope] What is it, Mother?
Lucy Harbin:I heard them...
First little girl:London bridge is falling down, falling down, London bridge is falling down, my fair lady.
Carol Harbin:It's just a nursery rhyme, mother.
Second little girl:Take the key and lock her up, lock her up, lock her up, take the key and lock her up, my fair lady.
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Who says Castle couldn't direct?!?, 7 November 1999
Author: David Atfield ( from Canberra, Australia

This is one of the most enjoyable horror films ever. The closing credits gag reveals the spirit of the picture - it is not to be taken seriously. By the way don't spoil a great laugh by reading what that gag is, in the "crazy credits" section. This is pure camp fun, played brilliantly by Joan Crawford in an Oscar worthy performance. The opening narration is hilarious - and Joan's get-up (black fright wig, clinging floral dress and clanging bangles) is outrageous. You'll probably guess the surprise ending - but that's not what this film is about. Besides the fun element there is also a subversive political statement - Castle sets his axe-murder horror on a sweet little farm, that looks like a set from a family sit-com. And the family that live in it are too good to be true as well. But all this is a facade, as insanity, lust and murder lie just below the surface.

Also of note in the cast are George Kennedy - excellent as the twisted handy-man, and Diane Baker as the perfect daughter. And apparently that's Lee Majors being hacked up at the start of the film. Castle does a brilliant directing job, but it's Joan's film all the way - what she can do with knitting and matches is truly amazing! And the scene where she attempts to seduce her daughter's boyfriend is nothing short of magic. I can't believe that an actress who could play this scene with such good humour, could have taken herself as seriously as "Mommie Dearest" suggests. Do not miss this over-looked classic.

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