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Shock Corridor (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 25 September 1963 (USA)
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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 & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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...Where sex steps out of its strait-jacket! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Director Samuel Fuller convinced longtime friend and associate Gene Evans into playing a role, saying "I don't know anyone else who can do this part". Evans has stated that he would have done the film for nothing. Before Evans went to work on the film, however, he got into a fight in a bar with a tough customer. Evans said he hit the guy as hard as he could but only succeeded in breaking his own finger. When he reported to work with a splint on it, Fuller objected, so Evans did the picture without it, resulting in a permanently bent finger. Fuller reportedly said in appreciation, "Well, that's what you get for fooling around." See more »

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When talking to the police near the beginning of the movie, when shot from the back, Cathy's coat collar is up, but when we see her from the front, her collar is down. See more »

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Wilkes: Don't mind Lloyd. He doesn't mean anything by that chip on his shoulder. It's just his way of fighting everybody because he can't cure the patients.
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The quote "Whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad". Euripides 425 B.C." appears at the beginning and end. See more »

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"Whom God wishes to destroy, He firsts makes mad."
28 July 2002 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

A tale of irony in the vein of EC comics, Shock Corridor is Samuel Fuller's work of genius and far ahead of its time. Fuller pulls some absolutely great performances out of his cast. Everyone delivers the goods. Each character is so wild and outlandish while the actors playing them still maintain believability. Peter Breck is outstanding in the lead. All of the patients are either hysterically funny or scary funny, from Stuart (Rosco P. Coltrane in a memorable role) on down to Pagliacci. But the real standout in the movie is Hari Rhodes in the role of Trent, the white supremecist. His flawless performance disturbs me (you'll know if you've seen the movie). He could be the best actor ever. What else can I say about this movie, it's an insanely perfect pulp piece. Shock Corridor is an unreal experience, film noir at its best, and truly a cult movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Straightjacket 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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