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The Shrike (1955)

Approved | | Drama | 16 June 1955 (USA)
A successful theatrical director is driven to failure by the machinations of his vengeful wife. Eventually, he lands in a mental hospital where both his wife and his new love, a young ... See full summary »


José Ferrer


Ketti Frings, Joseph A. Kramm (play)




Cast overview, first billed only:
José Ferrer ... Jim Downs
June Allyson ... Ann Downs
Joy Page ... Charlotte Moore
Kendall Clark Kendall Clark ... Dr. R.S. Bellman
Isabel Bonner Isabel Bonner ... Dr. Barrow
Jay Barney Jay Barney ... Dr. Kramer
Richard Benedict ... Gregory, Male Nurse
Herbie Faye ... Tager
Martin Benedict Martin Benedict ... Jimmy
Will Kuluva ... John Ankortis
Martin Newman Martin Newman ... Carlos O'Brien
Billy M. Greene ... Schloss (as Billy Greene)
Somar Alberg Somar Alberg ... Dr. Schlesinger
Joe Comadore Joe Comadore ... Major
Leigh Whipper Leigh Whipper ... Carlisle
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A successful theatrical director is driven to failure by the machinations of his vengeful wife. Eventually, he lands in a mental hospital where both his wife and his new love, a young actress named Charlotte, are waiting to see him. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Did You Know?


In connection with the picture, José Ferrer composed an instrumental, "The Shrike" which was recorded by several bands, including those of Pete Rugolo, Les Baxter and Buddy Collette. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are typewritten on a roll of paper, which a hand cuts at intervals with a pair of scissors. See more »


Version of Unter Kuratel (1970) See more »

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The ending completely ruins the film.
23 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Before the ending to "The Shrike", I loved the film. José Ferrer, as usual, turned in a great performance and the story was very unusual and kept my interest. It's so sad, then, that the original and more downbeat ending was replaced with a ridiculous upbeat ending.

The story begins with a Broadway director, Jim Downs (Ferrer), is brought into the psychiatric emergency room. He'd just attempted suicide and they plan on keeping him for some time. Why he did it isn't exactly clear at the beginning of the film but over time you learn that his manipulative wife has a part in this. The problem now is that he cannot get out of the place without her help...and she doesn't exactly seem eager to let him out unless it's on her terms.

According to IMDB, June Allyson wanted to play a grittier role, but the studio execs got nervous when preview audiences couldn't accept the actress in a role where she isn't sweet. So, although the story is supposed to be about a harpy of a woman, inexplicably, the film walks back on this at the end...and ending that just doesn't ring true and undoes so much good in the movie.

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16 June 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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