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 ...
David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>
...Where sex steps out of its strait-jacket!
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Did You Know?
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
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
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.
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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