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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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Director:
Writer:
Robert Bloch (written by)
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Release Date:
19 January 1964 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
HER HUSBAND...HER ROOM... ......AND ANOTHER WOMAN See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
The second of two consecutive films - the first being Della (1964) - in which Joan Crawford and Diane Baker play mother and daughter. Both projects were filmed only months apart.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Lucy commits a double ax murder at the beginning of the film, there is absolutely no blood on ax blade or blood splattering during her brutal attack.See more »
Quotes:
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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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Classic Crawford, 1 June 2003
Author: amhnorris from New York, NY

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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