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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 !


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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While on the set one day, Lynn Bari was talking with co-star Anabel Shaw and mentioned that she was a direct descendant, on her mother's side, of Revolutionary War hero Alexander Hamilton. Shaw revealed that she was a direct descendant of Aaron Burr, the man who killed Hamilton in the famous duel. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lt. Paul Stewart: Doctor, the important thing is - what can you do for her?
Dr. Richard Cross: It's hard for a doctor to make promises. We can only do our best.
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Referenced in Vincent Price: Renaissance Man (2007) See more »

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Reasonable Thriller
10 January 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In San Francisco, Mrs. Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw) checks in a hotel late night to meet her husband Lieutenant Paul Stewart (Frank Latimore). However Paul does not arrive and Janet goes to the balcony in the middle of the night after a nightmare. She witnesses the renowned psychiatrist Dr. Richard Cross (Vincent Price) asking for the divorce to his wife and having an argument with her. Out of the blue, Dr. Cross kills her with a candlestick and Janet has a nervous collapse and stays catatonic in shock in her room.

When Paul arrives and sees his wife, he summons Dr. Stevens (Michael Dunne). After the examination, Dr. Stevens tells that Janet has had a psychological breakdown and recommends Dr. Cross to treat her. When Dr. Cross comes to the room, he realizes that Janet might have seen him and he tells that she needs to be interned in his clinic. He calls Nurse Elaine Jordan (Lynn Bari), who is his lover, and they take Janet to their clinic. He decides to make Janet forget the incident but then they decide to discredit her proclaiming Janet insane. But when the District Attorney O'Neill (Reed Hadley) asks for the authorization to Dr. Cross to carry out an autopsy in his wife since he believes that she might have been murdered, Elaine tells that Dr. Cross must kill Janet.

"Shock" is a reasonable thriller with a dated story of a woman that witnesses a murder and has a strange reaction, ending coincidently in the sanatorium of the killer. The performances are very decent but the greatest problem is the shameful low quality American DVD released by the DVD movie distributor. My vote is six.

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