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Strait-Jacket (1964)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 19 January 1964 (USA)
After a twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.

Director:

William Castle

Writer:

Robert Bloch
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Lucy Harbin
Diane Baker ... Carol Cutler
Leif Erickson ... Bill Cutler
Howard St. John ... Raymond Fields
John Anthony Hayes ... Michael Fields
Rochelle Hudson ... Emily Cutler
George Kennedy ... Leo Krause
Edith Atwater ... Mrs. Alison Fields
Mitchell Cox ... Dr. Anderson
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Storyline

Lucy Harbin has been in an asylum for twenty years after axing her husband and his mistress during a crime of passion, witnessed by her young daughter, Carol. While trying to renew ties with Carol, who is now a young woman about to be married, heads begin to roll again. Is Lucy repeating her past? Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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WARNING! 'Strait-Jacket' vividly depicts ax murders! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Straightjacket See more »

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Budget:

$550,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Edith Atwater (Mrs. Fields) had a small role in the Joan Crawford film The Gorgeous Hussy (1936). See more »

Goofs

Early in film, front page of a newspaper announcing Lucy Harbin's sentence to an insane asylum features a photo of her wearing a pair of earrings that she didn't purchase until her release, twenty years later. See more »

Quotes

Carol Harbin: Their first mistake was thinking that the child was asleep, the second mistake was that the wife had decided to come home that night on the train.
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Crazy Credits

The Columbia Pictures logo at the end of the closing credits has the Torch Lady's head chopped off and placed at her feet. See more »


Soundtracks

Sleeping Beauty Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Absurd brilliance
22 May 2017 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Joan Crawford's performance is masterful, ranging all the way from pitiful to frightening. Crawford was a great movie actress. She commands the screen and has thoroughly prepared for every scene and every word of dialogue, however good or bad the dialogue might be.

The whole film is never dull for a moment and is well made within the limits of the guilty pleasure sort of style. Like a train wreck, you can't look away.

Supporting cast acting is adequate, especially Diane Baker who works well with Joan Crawford as they create a memorable mother/daughter team.

For the ultimate in absurd, guilty pleasure brilliance by director William Castle and star Joan Crawford, view "Straight Jacket" when you get the chance.


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