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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 »

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Agonia mes' ti nyhta See more »

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Budget:

$1,285,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Final film of Douglass Dumbrille. See more »

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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 »

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Harley Manning: Dr. Beighley, I hope you feel proud of yourself, doctor.
Dr. Edwina Beighley: What is that supposed to mean?
Harley Manning: Why did you have to go out of your way to help that faker get away with murder and a million dollars?
Dr. Edwina Beighley: Mr. Cannon! Mr. Manning would you like to repeat your accusation in front of a witness?
Harley Manning: Don't threaten me, I've been sued by experts.
Dr. Edwina Beighley: Repeat it then, and I'll collect enough from you in court so I'll never have to apply for a grant again.
Harley Manning: I will, in time, with concrete proof. I'm sick and tired of ...
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A Most Pleasant Verification
2 December 2016 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

If you ever have a hunch that a movie you saw in your youth was good, give your memory the benefit of the doubt, because you may be surprised once or twice: now, 52 years after its release in cinemas, I have bought a copy of "Shock Treatment" that was made in Germany (with Spanish subtitles!) with above average quality, and I found out how good it is. No wonder I had not forgotten this movie, even if I could not remember the plot. It is definitely not a serious drama, for it mixes a touch of camp and humor in a story that borders on horror and science-fiction, played with gusto by everybody, especially Lauren Bacall as a wicked psychiatrist. On the other hand, if you approach it as a straight psychological drama, you will find that scriptwriter Sydney Boehm was quite sincere and treated the "psychic elements" of the story with all the respect you could expect in 1964, to add as much realism and credibility as he could to such a wacky tale. Everybody in the cast seems to be having a field day: Stuart Whitman was in his best years doing his usual hunk hero number, Roddy McDowall was quite effective as a psycho killer with loads of homoerotic sensibility, Carol Lynley has more than enough screen time to portray a troubled girl whose natural sensuality was repressed by her mother, and Bacall is wonderfully mean as the highly unethical head of a mental hospital. Director Denis Sanders had a very curious career: he did everything, from bee girls' horror to documentaries about Elvis Presley and soul music, and the compelling war drama "War Hunt" with John Saxon as a schizophrenic soldier, plus two works that have been declared National Film Registry by the US Congress: the moving Civil War short "A Time Out of War" and the documentary "Czechoslovakia 1968". Here he is also in good shape, effectively handling the story and immensely helped by Sam Leavitt's beautiful black & white / wide-screen cinematography. Jerry Goldsmith, who had worked in "Freud" in 1962, composed here another good score for "mental matters". In fact, 1964 was an excellent year for Goldsmith, who also wrote great dramatic music for "Rio Conchos" and "Fate Is the Hunter". If you do not sit waiting for a masterpiece, turn off the lights, ignore your cell phone and take it as fun, as a tale of greed and nutty plans, with fantasy solutions played by good actors, and you will probably enjoy "Shock Treatment" as much as I did.


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