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Shock Corridor (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 19 June 1964 (Italy)
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Bent on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange and unclear murder.

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Samuel Fuller

Writer:

Samuel Fuller
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Breck ... Johnny Barrett
Constance Towers ... Cathy
Gene Evans ... Boden
James Best ... Stuart
Hari Rhodes ... Trent
Larry Tucker Larry Tucker ... Pagliacci
Paul Dubov Paul Dubov ... Dr. J.L. Menkin
Chuck Roberson ... Wilkes
Neyle Morrow ... Psycho
John Matthews John Matthews ... Dr. L.G. Cristo
Bill Zuckert ... 'Swanee' Swanson (as William Zuckert)
John Craig John Craig ... Lloyd
Philip Ahn ... Dr. Fong
Frank Gerstle ... Lt. Kane
Rachel Romen Rachel Romen ... Singing Nympho
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Johnny Barrett, an ambitious journalist, is determined to win a Pulitzer Prize by solving a murder committed in a lunatic asylum and witnessed only by three inmates, from whom the police have been unable to extract the information. With the connivance of a psychiatrist, and the reluctant help of his girlfriend, he succeeds in having himself declared insane and sent to the asylum. There he slowly tracks down and interviews the witnesses - but things are stranger than they seem ... Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Straightjacket See more »

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Allied Artists Pictures See more »
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Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Early in the film, during the strip club scenes, a photograph of Samuel Fuller (famously with a cigar) can be seen on the wall. See more »

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In a shot change during the fight scene in the kitchen, a bent table leg is abruptly straight, the pots and pans on the stove in the background and the position of the unconscious orderly change as Johnny pulls Wilkes across the prep counter. See more »

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Johnny Barrett: Nymphos!
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And Now For Something REALLY Different
24 April 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

To describe SHOCK CORRIDOR as lurid would be an understatement: it plays like something torn from a supermarket tabloid. An ambitious reporter feigns madness and has himself committed to an insane asylum in order to investigate a recent and unsolved murder--and once inside he encounters everything from hateful attendants to a whole ward of crazed nymphos, and all the characters are presented in the most explotational tone possible.

But SHOCK CORRIDOR has a lot more going for it than just lurid exploitation. Director-writer Sam Fuller was renowned for his gutsy, no-frills, straight-to-the-point style, and in his hands SHOCK CORRIDOR becomes a vision of America as a society that places so much emphasis on conformity and success that people crack and go mad under the strain. And Fuller's cast is remarkable: even when the story goes ridiculously over the top, they perform with such sincerity, conviction, and realism that you can buy into the story in spite of its improbabilities.

SHOCK CORRIDOR will not be to every one's taste, but even those who dislike it will probably find themselves grudgingly fascinated by the film, and although the film transcends such labels fans of explotational and cult cinema will also find lots to enjoy. A classic of its kind. Recommended... but don't say I didn't warn you.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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