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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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HER HUSBAND...HER ROOM... ......AND ANOTHER WOMAN See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Details

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

ACTRESS TRADEMARK (Joan Crawford): (Pepsi): In the kitchen scenes at the beginning of the movie, a carton of Pepsi-Cola is prominently displayed on the counter. Joan Crawford was the widow of Alfred Steele, who had been CEO of the Pepsi-Cola Company, and at the time of filming Crawford, still on the Board of Directors, demanded that product placement shots be included in all of her films of this era. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy commits a double ax murder at the beginning of the film, there is absolutely no blood on ax blade or blood splattering during her brutal attack. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Harbin: You don't have to be so formal with me... why don't you just call me Lucy?
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Sleeping Beauty Waltz
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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''The Best In Axe-ploitation!''
5 August 2005 | by phillindholmSee all my reviews

No matter what script she was given to do, Joan Crawford was a pro. In this William Castle classic, she proves it again. The plot has been rehashed in previous reviews, so I can get to the heart of the matter here. Joan plays an ex-axe murderess with typical fury, beautifully combined with a poignancy which may be completely unexpected, but nevertheless completely appropriate. Well supported by the underrated Diane Baker, Leif Erikson, Rochelle Hudson and George Kennedy, she gives meaning and depth to what otherwise would have been just another horror film. Whether playing scenes with daughter Baker's boyfriend (John Anthony Hayes) or his snobbish parents, (Howard St, John and Edith Atwater), Crawford is on the money, using her years of experience to transcend her material. Thanks to her, "Strait-Jacket" is a worthy thriller from a Legendary Star and a fondly remembered director. See Castle's other collaboration with Joan, "I Saw What You Did" (1965). It's a winner, too!


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