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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 catatonic 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 is urged by his nurse/lover, Elaine Jordan, to give Janet an overdose of insulin. Can he bring himself to murder Janet in cold blood? 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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Trivia

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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Edited into Schlock! (2009) See more »

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Modest programmer based on witness to murder theme...
9 October 2004 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

SHOCK hardly lives up to its promising title. It's a rather tepid little B&W thriller that serves only to remind us what VINCENT PRICE was like just as his career was beginning to take shape at Fox. As usual, he's at his best as a shady character, a doctor who commits a crime of passion only to find out that it has been witnessed by a woman neighbor. Annabel Shaw plays the woman who goes into shock after witnessing the crime--a performance that is not quite as riveting as it should be for this type of suspense yarn. The suspense lies in wondering how Price will deal with the woman. Lynn Bari is his cohort in keeping the crime away from the police.

It's a premise that has been used countless times, often to better advantage than it is here. Worthwhile for some suspenseful moments at Price's sanitarium but none of the suspense is milked for all it's worth. Frank Latimore does nicely as the husband whose wife has gone into shock after her traumatic witnessing of murder and Reed Hadley does a smooth job as a detective.

Modestly entertaining if you don't expect too much.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$375,000 (estimated)
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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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