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Shock Treatment (1964)

An actor hired to locate $1 million in stolen loot endures the rigors of an insane asylum.

Director:

Denis Sanders

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Winfred Van Atta (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stuart Whitman ... Dale Nelson / Arthur
Carol Lynley ... Cynthia Lee Albright
Roddy McDowall ... Martin Ashley
Lauren Bacall ... Dr. Edwina Beighley
Olive Deering ... Mrs. Mellon
Ossie Davis ... Capshaw
Donald Buka ... Psychologist
Paulene Myers ... Dr. Walden (as Pauline Myers)
Evadne Baker Evadne Baker ... Intern
Robert J. Wilke ... Technician Mike Newton (as Robert Wilke)
Bert Freed ... Frank Josephson
Judith De Hart Judith De Hart ... Matron
Judson Laire Judson Laire ... Harley Manning
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Storyline

Former psychiatric patient Martin Ashley is declared sane and released from an insane asylum. He works as gardener and chauffeur for a wealthy woman in Beverly Hills. Tired of being verbally abused, he kills her and surrenders to police. During the court proceedings, it is revealed that Ashley burned one million dollars of his employer's money because he considered money to be the source of all evils. The court deems him insane and returns him to his old insane asylum into the care of his old psychiatrist, Doctor Edwina Beighley. The estate's executor, Harley Manning, believes that Ashley is faking insanity and has murdered the old lady for her money. Manning believes the money wasn't burned but stashed away somewhere. He hires an actor, Dale Nelson, to feign insanity in order to be sent for psychiatric evaluation at the same institution where Martin Ashley is. For a fee, Dale Nelson agrees. He commits a misdemeanor and the court sends him for a 30 day evaluation at the psychiatric ... Written by nufs68

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1964 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Agonia mes' ti nyhta See more »

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Budget:

$1,285,000 (estimated)
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Arcola Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Perkins reportedly campaigned for role that went to Stuart Whitman. See more »

Goofs

At one point, Dr Beighley shows colleagues some amateur home movies demonstrating her interacting with animals at a zoo. Although quality of film is unpolished, supposedly amateurish film is heavily-edited, filled with reverse angles, close-ups, inserts, etc. that is clearly the work of a professional film crew, not simply a photographic record on a home movie camera. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Edwina Beighley: The problem was to affect and then control the chemistry of his mind by causing a state of catatonia. I found the jugular vein easier to use.
intern: Triflupromazine, doctor?
Dr. Edwina Beighley: Oh, no, I've gone far beyond Triflupromazine, far beyond LSD, or anything else in use today.
Dr. Edwina Beighley: As you can see, reaction began in less than a minute. Doctors you will never see a more complete state of catatonia.
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Referenced in Popcorn (1991) See more »

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A Real Find
26 September 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Stuart Whitman is seen in a classical acting role and recruited to play a very rough part: He is to be paid for feigning insanity and being committed to psychiatric hospital. The goal is to learn more about a character played by Roddy McDowell, who is confined there.

Whitman is excellent, as is McDowell. The latter develops a bit of an unstated crush on the former. So does Carol Lynley, who has a very small role for the major billing she gets.

The plot revolves around psychiatrist and researcher Lauren Bacall. This character could give Dr. Caligari a run for his money.

It's not hough art but i's exciting and suspenseful. And the acting is excellent all around.


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