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Shock Corridor (1963) Movie Information

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Samuel Fuller


Peter Breck
Constance Towers
Gene Evans
James Best
Hari (Harry) Rhodes
Larry Tucker





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An ambitious journalist, on a quest for a Pulitzer Prize, commits himself to a mental asylum in order to solve a mysterious murder.

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Snoogans 10/27/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Similar B-flick pulp that was seen in The Naked Kiss. I found this film to be slightly more enjoyable. The 'crazies' are definitely crazy and the commentary still satisfies.

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Chris Kavan 04/26/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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B-Movie maverick Samuel Fuller gives a raw, visceral view of one man's quest for excellence that leads to a descent into madness. Despite its age, Shock Corridor has lost none of its punch. It's over-the-top and fantastic.

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05/05/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Directed by former tabloid hack Sam Fuller this was banned in the UK for many years, and in truth there's never been anything like it before or since. It tells the story of a reporter desperate to get a scoop, a Pulitzer even. There's been a murder at the local asylum but the only way he gain access to report on this is to pretend he's mad himself.

It soon becomes clear that the institution and its inmates are a metaphor for America itself. There's the 'street', for example, a central corridor where the inmates let it all hang out. Blacks who think they are white, rail against racism in psychotic fits. There's a saying that madness is contagious and the reporter soon discovers the truth of this, to his cost. It's brilliantly shot in black and white, noir style, though some of the nigh...

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