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Battle-Axe: The Making of 'Strait-Jacket' (2002)

A look back at the classic 1964 film of horror and suspense starring Joan Crawford as an axe-murderer just released from the mental hospital. Includes footage of the filming and interviews ... See full summary »

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A look back at the classic 1964 film of horror and suspense starring Joan Crawford as an axe-murderer just released from the mental hospital. Includes footage of the filming and interviews with several of those involved, as well as a look at the movies it was influenced by and those that were in turn influenced by it. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Some Great Stories on Crawford
1 June 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Battle-Axe: The Making of 'Strait-Jacket' (2002)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

STRAIT-JACKET co-star Diane Baker is joined by Donald Glut, Michael Schlesinger and film historian David Del Valle as they discuss the now famous William Castle film that featured Joan Crawford in the lead.

Needless to say, the majority of the 15 minute running time is devoted to talking about Crawford but can you blame anyone? Del Valle tells some wonderful stories about how it was Castle's dream to try and get an "A" picture done with a famous star and this was it. He talks about the various demands that Crawford had and Baker also tells some great stories of what it was like working with her. This includes discussions on the ending, which was changed at Crawford's request.

BATTLE-AXE is a highly entertaining and very fun featurette that gives us some great stories about the production and even better is the fact that we get an interview with someone who was actually there and on the set. If you're a fan of the film or of Crawford then this is certainly a must see.


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