Shock!

Shock!

Director: Alfred L. Werker

Cast: Alfred L. Werker, Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Anabel Shaw

     
 

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In this thriller, psychiatrist Dr. Cross (Vincent Price) kills his wife and expects to get away with murder, until he discovers that the slaying was observed by a next-door neighbor, Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw). As Janet attempts to convince her husband (Frank Latimore) of the doctor's dastardly deed, Cross shows up to advise him that Janet is in dire need of some

Overview

In this thriller, psychiatrist Dr. Cross (Vincent Price) kills his wife and expects to get away with murder, until he discovers that the slaying was observed by a next-door neighbor, Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw). As Janet attempts to convince her husband (Frank Latimore) of the doctor's dastardly deed, Cross shows up to advise him that Janet is in dire need of some in-depth counseling.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Shock is a mid-level thriller that, while never approaching greatness, is certainly entertaining enough. One part "suspenser," one part psychological thriller and one part film noir, Shock doesn't totally satisfy whatever genre it's put in, but it's hard not to get caught up in the very mechanical twists and turns of its plot. Hard, but not impossible -- those who demand logic and believability will throw their hands up at a number of the blatant manipulations that screenwriter Eugene Ling engages in. But director Arnold L. Werker seems to be having so much fun with this little cat-and-mouser that many viewers will overlook the deficiencies in the screenplay. Besides, there are a number of moments -- such as the early dream sequence -- that work much too well, and the tension as the film nears its climax is very effective. Too, Shock has the wonderful Vincent Price turning in a delicious, yet not hammy, performance. It's early in Price's career, and he hasn't turned to the blatant (if enjoyable) scenery chewing that some of his later roles brought out in him; his work here is careful and thought out, even when he goes for an extreme moment. All in all, Shock is an undemanding, lurid little flick that's more fun than it really should be.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
UPC:
0024543263609
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:10:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with film writer and historian John Stanley

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent Price Dr. Cross
Lynn Bari Elaine Jordan
Anabel Shaw Janet Stewart
Michael Dunne Stevens
Reed Hadley O'Neill
Renee Carson Mrs. Hatfield
Charles Trowbridge Dr. Harvey
John Davidson Mr. Edwards
Selmar Jackson Dr. Blair
Pierre Watkin Hotel Manager
Mary Young Miss Penny
Charles Tannen Hotel Clerk
Robert Adler Male Nurse
Margaret Brayton Actor
Stephen Dunne Stevens
Frank Latimore Lt. Paul Stewart
George E. Stone Cabdriver
Cecil Weston Actor
Claire Richards Nurse

Technical Credits
Alfred L. Werker Director
Martin Berkeley Screenwriter
David Buttolph Score Composer
Albert E. DeMond Original Story
O. Clement Halverson Set Decoration/Design
Harmon Jones Editor
Boris Leven Art Director
Eugene Ling Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Glen MacWilliams Cinematographer
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Aubrey Schenk Producer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shock
1. Main Titles/Arrival [2:46]
2. Dreaming of Paul [3:04]
3. Witness to Murder [1:40]
4. Shock [5:09]
5. Doing What's Best [2:44]
6. Remembering [3:36]
7. The Only Way Out [5:50]
8. Erasing Memories [4:15]
9. Hallucinations [5:11]
10. Just Crazy Talk [3:39]
11. Delusions [8:15]
12. Investigations [3:15]
13. Limits [4:07]
14. Closing In [5:49]
15. Insulin Treatment [6:41]
16. Case Closed [3:56]

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