Strait-JacketDirector: William Castle
In this chilling blood-tale in "Psycho" style, Robert Bloch modernizes the Lizzy Borden story. A wife (Joan Crawford) literally axes her cheating husband and his lover, witnessed by her three-year-old daughter. Mom is packed off to the insane asylum for 20 years before reuniting with the daughter (Diane Baker). From this point, the axe murders continue along a contrived plot intended to lead the audience astray until the mystery is solved. Crawford's strong performance and the excellently constructed suspense are the best elements of the film -- and the chopping saves the show when the plot tends to slow.
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Cast & Crew
|Joan Crawford||Lucy Harbin|
|Diane Baker||Carol Harbin|
|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. Fields|
|Mitch Cox||Dr. Anderson|
|Lee Yeary||Frank Hardin|
|Patricia Krest||Stella Fulton|
|Vickie Cos||Carol Aged 3|
|Patty Lee||1st little girl|
|Laura Hess||2nd little girl|
|Robert Ward||Shoe clerk|
|Richard Albain||Special Effects|
|Van Alexander||Score Composer|
|Arthur E. Arling||Cinematographer|
|Edwin H. Bryant||Editor|
|Boris Leven||Production Designer|
|Frank A. Tuttle||Set Decoration/Design|
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This is the film where Crawford plays good time gal Lucy Hardin, tramping her way through town in 40s regalia designed to make her look 30 when she is actually over 60. Lucy joyfully hacks her two timing hubby and his harlot and is put away in an asylum for 20 years. Upon release heads begin to roll and the fun begins..... We just love to see Joan tramping her way thorugh this the way we all wish we could. Interesting performance by Diane Baker as Miss Butter Wouldn't Melt In Your Mouth Carol!!!! And was this Rochelle Hudson's last film???? Whatever, few things equal this film, earining the moniker "You've gotta see it to believe it!"
If you've ever wondered what "Psycho" would be like with a female playing the Norman Bates character - wonder no longer - this film comes as close as possible, without being totally derivative (even though Robert Bloch wrote both screenplays). This film features a terrific performance by Miss Crawford as well as a great twist ending.
This is an absolutely cliff hanging story that'll have you on the edge of your seat! A softer, but more tantalizing feel of Physco enraptures you in this great film. I didn't see the end coming at all, and it held my attention constantly. Definitely a movie I'd recommend to family and friends. And it wasn't so horribly scary that I didn't sleep that night, but I'l never forget it.