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Shock (1946)

Not Rated | | 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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duplicated from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. 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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routine B movie
4 October 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Although it is fun to see Vincent Price early in his career before his spine-chilling horror roles really took off, this psychological thriller feels long at 70 minutes.

Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw) checks into a hotel at night and waits for the return of her GI husband. While in her room she sees a woman being murdered and sinks into a state of comatose shock. She's carted off to a psychiatric hospital but the psychiatrist (Price) is not all he seems.

A formulaic story isn't helped by the wooden performances of Shaw, of Lynn Bari as nurse Elaine Jordan, and by Frank Latimore as Lt Stewart.

Moody B picture visuals and the usual tinny music give this minor film a sense of space and time but overall 'Shock' is a bore which outstays its welcome.

Of interest to Price fans but not really much there for anyone else.


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