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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 »

Director:

José Ferrer

Writers:

Ketti Frings, Joseph A. Kramm (play)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In all diesen Nächten See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

A shrike, according to the play, is "an innocent-looking bird who likes to impale her victim on a thorn," no doubt referring to the viciousness of the titular female character. 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 »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: José Ferrer (1955) See more »

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Mundane backstage melodrama, uneasily cast
19 June 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A stage director and an aspiring actress find romance working together, until he becomes a solo success and she quickly morphs into a jealous, domineering python. José Ferrer directed and stars in this rather inefficient and artificial soap opera, adapted from Joseph A. Kramm's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The dramatic thrust of the flashback-oriented material seems to be absent: all we have to look forward to is the shattering of the man's self-confidence by his over-controlling spouse. June Allyson campaigned for the role of the villainous wife; she does a commendable job, but she's a hard worker here rather than a convincingly cast actress. After preview audiences disapproved of the tough original ending, it was softened to appease Allyson's fans. Nifty titles design by Saul Bass. ** from ****


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