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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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Excellent little shocker from William Castle! See more (75 total) »

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) | Germany:18 | Portugal:M/16 | UK:X (theatrical release) (cut) | USA:Approved (No. 20618) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)

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Actor Trademark: [Joan Crawford] [Pepsi]In the kitchen scenes at the beginning of the movie, a carton of Pepsi-Cola is prominently displayed on the counter. Joan Crawford was the widow of Alfred Steele, who had been CEO of the Pepsi-Cola Company, and at the time of filming Crawford, still on the Board of Directors, demanded that product placement shots be included in all her films of this era. See also Berserk (1967).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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.See more »
Soundtrack:
All of MeSee more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Excellent little shocker from William Castle!, 28 November 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

William Castle is best known for fun, gimmicky horror flicks the likes of The House on Haunted Hill and The Tingler; but his resume features some more complex films that can comfortably sit alongside the best B-movies of the sixties, and Straight-Jacket is one such film. Obviously, a film of this nature relies heavily on its lead star; so it's a good job that this one benefits from a great leading performance courtesy of the fabulous Joan Crawford. Crawford isn't as good here as she was two years earlier in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, but she approaches her role with seriousness, and it gives the film a sense of credibility not often associated with this type of film. The plot takes obvious influence from Psycho, and focuses on Lucy Harbin. She was sent to an asylum after she discovered her husband in bed with another woman, and proceeded to axe them both to death. She is released twenty years later, still on the brink of sanity, and is reunited with her daughter Carol (who was present at the murder) and discovers that she is engaged to be married.

The tagline, which states that the film 'vividly depicts axe murders' isn't exactly true, and the film is not very shocking in today's day and age. However, this would obviously have been different back in 1964, and despite no real money shots; Castle gives his film a great macabre atmosphere, and this adequately provides the horror on its own. Crawford gets a great support cast to work with, and again the film transcends its B-movie heritage as they're all extremely good. Diane Baker, Leif Erickson and my personal favourite, George Kennedy, all manage to give stand-out performances behind the leading lady. The film opens up with a great little sequence which shows why the lead character was sent to the asylum, and although the plotting takes a downturn after that; Castle manages to keep things interesting all the way down to the explosive ending. The final plot twist isn't exactly impossible to figure out, but I have to say that it caught me by surprise and while not everything completely makes sense by the end, Castle does a good job of implementing the twist. Overall, Homicidal and Mr Sardonicus still top my list of favourite William Castle films, but Straight-Jacket isn't far behind and comes highly recommended!

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