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Shock (1946)

Passed | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 1 February 1946 (USA)
A psychologically distraught woman is committed to a private sanitarium by the man she witnessed commit a murder.

Director:

Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker)

Writers:

Eugene Ling (screenplay), Albert DeMond (story) (as Albert deMond) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Richard Cross
Lynn Bari ... Nurse Elaine Jordan
Frank Latimore ... Lt. Paul Stewart
Anabel Shaw ... Mrs. Janet Stewart
Stephen Dunne ... Dr. Stevens (as Michael Dunne)
Reed Hadley ... District Attorney O'Neill
Renee Carson Renee Carson ... Miss Hatfield - Head Nurse
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. H.J. Harvey
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Storyline

Dr. Cross, a psychiatrist, is treating a young woman, Janet Stewart, who is in a coma-state, brought on when she heard loud arguing, went to her window and saw a man strike his wife with a candlestick and kill her. As she comes out of her shock, she recognizes Dr. Cross as the killer. He takes her to his sanitarium and urged by his nurse/lover, Elaine Jordan, gives Janet an overdose of insulin. But he can't bring himself to murder her in cold blood and asks Elaine to get the medicine to save her. She refuses, they argue, and he strangles her. He saves Janet's life, but now faces two murder charges. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He never dreamed what it would all lead to...and she didn't care !


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El susto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$375,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$800,000, 31 December 1946
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Insulin is injected subcutaneously. The needle Dr. Cross uses is for intravenous use. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Paul Stewart: Well, if you give Janet this insulin, how certain can you be it'll help her?
Dr. Richard Cross: I'm neither a miracle man nor a prophet, Lieutenant. If medicine were an exact science, not an art, I might be able to tell you.
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Lethargy
28 November 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

Some gifted people went to work on this one, including director Alfred Werker and star Vincent Price, but it doesn't work due to a slow pace and the absence of much movement within the film. There are too many scenes of people plotting evil deeds while a patient lies in a comatose state in bed. This does not make for an exciting movie experience. Nor is the story original, as it is hand-me-down Cornell Woolrich stuff about a young woman who witnesses a murder who is whisked off to a sanitarium by the killer, who just happens to be the psychiatrist who runs the place. The dialogue is mediocre and the actors, aside from Price, none too thrilling. I did like Reed Hadley as a police detective, whose late entry perks up the last part of the movie. He had a quiet, understated presence, and plays off nicely against Price, than whom he is almost as tall.


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