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Shock Treatment (1964)

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

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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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Box Office

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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Lunatics take over the asylum
22 October 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Stuart Whitman is a money-hungry actor who is hired to fake insanity in order to find $1 million in "Shock Treatment." The film also stars Lauren Bacall, Roddy McDowell, Carol Lynley, and Ossie Davis. When asked about this film, Lauren Bacall commented, "You have no idea what Roddy and I went through making that movie." I don't, and frankly, it's a little hard to tell what the problems were from the filming. It seemed pretty straightforward. She plays a doctor who would have found a good home on Josef Mengele's staff. McDowell is a patient in the asylum who killed his wealthy boss and then supposedly burned her money. No one believes that, and Whitman is hired to find out where he hid it.

It turns out, he's not the only one interested, and things become pretty dangerous for him. The movie seems to meander along, and then becomes rather exciting toward the end. It was directed and filmed in an uninteresting way, so it's not as good as it could have been.


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