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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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Shocking World of Psychos and Sex-Maddened Women Exposed! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #19. 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 »

Quotes

Trent: There's one of 'em now! Let's get 'im before he marries my daughter!
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Crazy Credits

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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Undercover madness Fuller style.
4 March 2008 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

The striking thing about this film is just how unnervingly barmy the characters are, and even more amazing is just how they seem so apt with Sam Fuller's sledgehammer direction. Written, directed and produced by Fuller it weaves a cautionary tale of how faking madness just might bring about the downfall of ones own sanity, and here it begs the question of if the price of fame has no boundaries to those who clamour for glory ?. The film cleverly manages to make the viewer think about the thin line between sanity and insanity and this is shot with such style it lingers long in the memory after the credits role. Some great sequences allied with clever switches to {almost surreal} color make this more than a curiosity piece because of the directors "American Primitive" reputation.

Interestingly dark 8/10.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Straightjacket See more »

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