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The Snake Pit ()


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A detailed chronicle of a woman during her stay in a mental institution.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 9 nominations.
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Virginia Stuart Cunningham
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Robert Cunningham
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Dr. Mark Kik
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Grace
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Dr. Terry
Helen Craig ...
Nurse Davis
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Gordon
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Mrs. Greer
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Asylum Inmate
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Dr. Curtis
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Mrs. Stuart
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Ruth
Katherine Locke ...
Margaret
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Dr. Jonathan Gifford
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Miss Hart
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Miss Bixby
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Virginia - Age 6
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Mr. Stuart
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Valerie
Esther Somers ...
Nurse Vance
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Celia Sommerville
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Hester
Lela Bliss ...
Miss Greene
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Lola
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Miss Seiffert
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Inmate Countess
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Champion - Miss Neumann
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Singing Inmate
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vicky Albright ...
Virginia - Age 2 (uncredited)
Jean Andren ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Sylvia Andrew ...
Patient (uncredited)
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Bald Man (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ...
Patient (uncredited)
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Lola's Husband (uncredited)
Vangie Beilby ...
Patient (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
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Patient Awaiting Staff (uncredited)
Margaret Brayton ...
Staff Room Nurse (uncredited)
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Inmate at Dance Social (uncredited)
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Shooting Gallery Proprietor (uncredited)
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Greek Patient (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Attendant (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Opera Attendant (uncredited)
Harold Cornsweet ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ...
Tommy (uncredited)
Jane Crowley ...
Patient (uncredited)
Irene Dehn ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Janna DeLoos ...
Stenographer Nurse (uncredited)
Forrest Dickson ...
Counterwoman (uncredited)
Bill Duray ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
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Patient (uncredited)
Mary Emery ...
Patient (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
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Patient (uncredited)
Joel Friedkin ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Geraldine Garrick ...
Patient (uncredited)
Nina Gilbert ...
Patient (uncredited)
Donna Hamilton ...
Patient (uncredited)
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Patient (uncredited)
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Elderly Nurse (uncredited)
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Inmate at Dance Social (uncredited)
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Ward 33 Inmate (uncredited)
Bee Humphries ...
Emma (uncredited)
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Ward 33 Inmate (uncredited)
Larry Johns ...
Minister (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ...
Inmate (uncredited)
Geraldine Jordan ...
Patient (uncredited)
Leo Kaye ...
Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Doris Kemper ...
Patient (uncredited)
Kate Drain Lawson ...
Cafe Cashier (uncredited)
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Attendant (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Inmate Gertrude (uncredited)
Ellen Lowe ...
Patient (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Therese Lyon ...
Patient (uncredited)
Patricia Marlowe ...
Practical Nurse (uncredited)
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Tommy's Mother (uncredited)
Marion Marshall ...
Young Girl (uncredited)
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Patient (uncredited)
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Inmate, First Lady of the Land (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
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Inmate (uncredited)
Eula Morgan ...
Attendant (uncredited)
Harry Hays Morgan ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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Patient (uncredited)
Mary Newton ...
Patient (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ...
Miss Primm - Hospital Dining Room Waitress (uncredited)
Inez Palange ...
Italian Patient (uncredited)
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Patient (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ...
Inmate (uncredited)
Grace Poggi ...
Asylum Inmate (uncredited)
Louise Robinson ...
Husky Nurse (uncredited)
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Maxine (uncredited)
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Inmate Wearing Visor at Dance (uncredited)
Helen Servis ...
Inmate Miss Servis (uncredited)
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Dr. Sommer (uncredited)
Tamara Shayne ...
Ward 33 Inmate (uncredited)
Sally Shepherd ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Ann Staunton ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Mary Tarcai ...
Nurse Jenkins (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ...
Mother (uncredited)
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Nurse Jones (uncredited)
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Ward 33 Inmate (uncredited)
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Bossy Ward 12 Inmate (uncredited)
Eleanore Vogel ...
Patient (uncredited)
Basil Walker ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ...
Patient (uncredited)
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Inmate (uncredited)
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Orderly - Dance Social Emcee (uncredited)
Isabel Withers ...
Nurse Johnson (uncredited)

Directed by

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Anatole Litvak

Written by

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Frank Partos ... (screen play) and
Millen Brand ... (screen play)
 
Mary Jane Ward ... (based on the novel by)
 
Arthur Laurents ... (contributor to screenplay construction) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Robert Bassler ... producer
Anatole Litvak ... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Alfred Newman

Cinematography by

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Leo Tover ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Dorothy Spencer ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Lyman Hallowell ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)
Joseph C. Wright

Set Decoration by

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Ernest Lansing ... (set decorations)
Thomas Little

Costume Design by

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Bonnie Cashin ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Ben Nye ... makeup artist
Esperanza Corona ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Ernie Parks ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Raymond A. Klune ... production manager (uncredited)
Ben Silvey ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Silver ... assistant director (uncredited)
Henry Weinberger ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Harry M. Leonard ... sound
Arthur von Kirbach ... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)
Thomas T. Moulton ... sound director (uncredited)

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Fred Sersen ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Henry Gerzen ... grip (uncredited)
Roger Shearman ... camera operator (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director
Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Edward B. Powell ... orchestral arrangements (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman ... musical director (uncredited)

Other crew

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Darryl F. Zanuck ... presenter
Carl A. Binger ... psychiatric technical advisor (uncredited)
Jerry Bryan ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Alma Margaret Comer ... psychiatric technical advisor (uncredited)
M. Ralph Kaufman ... psychiatric technical advisor (uncredited)
John N. Rosen ... psychiatric technical advisor (uncredited)
Ernst Simmel ... psychiatric technical advisor (uncredited)
Norman Stuart ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Sidney Loseff Tamarin ... psychiatric technical advisor (uncredited)
Mary Jane Ward ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Virginia Cunningham finds herself in a state insane asylum...and can't remember how she got there. In flashback, her husband Robert relates their courtship, marriage, and her developing symptoms. The asylum staff are not demonized, but fear, ignorance and regimentation keep Virginia in a state of misery, as pipesmoking Dr. Mark Kik struggles through wheels within wheels to find the root of her problem. Then a relapse plunges Virginia back into the harrowing 'Snake Pit'... Written by Rod Crawford

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Taglines Married and in Love . . . with a Man She Didn't Know or Want! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La fosse aux serpents (France)
  • Nido de víboras (Spain)
  • A Cova da Serpente (Brazil)
  • Talihsizler yuvasi (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Käärmeenpesä (Finland)
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  • 108 min
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Trivia Stephen King has said that watching this film on TV as a child deeply disturbed him and made him feel that he could suddenly go insane, directly contributing to his macabre interests and subsequently his writings. See more »
Goofs After the young Virginia smashes the head of the soldier doll (that reminds her of her father) into several pieces, she is later seen carrying the unbroken doll on the night of her father's death. The intact doll again appears in the apartment that she lives in as an adult. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Overture See more »
Quotes Mrs. Greer: Good afternoon, my dear. I don't think I've had the pleasure of seeing you here before.
Virginia Stuart Cunningham: I'm Virginia Cunningham. I came from Five.
Mrs. Greer: Nobody comes to One from Five. Even I had to spend a few days in Two before coming here. And I, my dear, have money.
Virginia Stuart Cunningham: That must be convenient.
Mrs. Greer: My husband, Mr. Greer, is very wealthy. I have more jewels than I can possibly wear. You, of course, are a charity patient?
Virginia Stuart Cunningham: Oh, no. It so happens that my husband, Mr. Cunningham, is very wealthy. My diamonds simply weigh me down.
Mrs. Greer: I have the Hope Diamond!
Virginia Stuart Cunningham: I have the Hopeless Emerald! It carries the Cunningham curse. You've probably read about it.
Mrs. Greer: Mr. Greer...
Virginia Stuart Cunningham: Your husband?
Mrs. Greer: Mr. Greer, my husband, considered buying it, but it has a flaw. You see, you can't put an imperfect stone on the most beautiful hands in the world.
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