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Shock Treatment (1964)

An actor hired to locate $1 million in stolen loot endures the rigors of an insane asylum.

Director:

Denis Sanders

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Winfred Van Atta (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stuart Whitman ... Dale Nelson / Arthur
Carol Lynley ... Cynthia Lee Albright
Roddy McDowall ... Martin Ashley
Lauren Bacall ... Dr. Edwina Beighley
Olive Deering ... Mrs. Mellon
Ossie Davis ... Capshaw
Donald Buka ... Psychologist
Paulene Myers ... Dr. Walden (as Pauline Myers)
Evadne Baker Evadne Baker ... Intern
Robert J. Wilke ... Technician Mike Newton (as Robert Wilke)
Bert Freed ... Frank Josephson
Judith De Hart Judith De Hart ... Matron
Judson Laire ... Harley Manning
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Former psychiatric patient Martin Ashley is declared sane and released from an insane asylum. He works as gardener and chauffeur for a wealthy woman in Beverly Hills. Tired of being verbally abused, he kills her and surrenders to police. During the court proceedings, it is revealed that Ashley burned one million dollars of his employer's money because he considered money to be the source of all evils. The court deems him insane and returns him to his old insane asylum into the care of his old psychiatrist, Doctor Edwina Beighley. The estate's executor, Harley Manning, believes that Ashley is faking insanity and has murdered the old lady for her money. Manning believes the money wasn't burned but stashed away somewhere. He hires an actor, Dale Nelson, to feign insanity in order to be sent for psychiatric evaluation at the same institution where Martin Ashley is. For a fee, Dale Nelson agrees. He commits a misdemeanor and the court sends him for a 30 day evaluation at the psychiatric ... Written by nufs68

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Trivia

Anthony Perkins reportedly campaigned for role that went to Stuart Whitman. See more »

Goofs

At one point, Dr Beighley shows colleagues some amateur home movies demonstrating her interacting with animals at a zoo. Although quality of film is unpolished, supposedly amateurish film is heavily-edited, filled with reverse angles, close-ups, inserts, etc. that is clearly the work of a professional film crew, not simply a photographic record on a home movie camera. See more »

Quotes

Harley Manning: You don't know me, Mr Nelson...
Dale Nelson: Yes, I do; aisle seat, second row all week. If we had a hundred customers like you, we wouldn't have to close this show tonight.
Harley Manning: I'm rather glad you did close. I have a proposition, may interest you.
Dale Nelson: [he chuckles] Listen, mister, you've been hanging round the wrong stage door.
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Bacall's Dr. Beighley precedes Nurse Ratched by several years...
26 June 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Mental shenanigans involving an actor (Stuart Whitman), apparently so desperate for money he'll accept any insane proposition lobbied his way, who masquerades as a mental patient in an asylum. He's hoping to get crucial information out of another patient (Roddy McDowall) on the whereabouts of some hidden loot--but unfortunately, he runs afoul of doctor Lauren Bacall (doing a Nurse Ratched years before her time). Delirious, over-the-top melodrama that's actually a hoot if watched in the requisite silly spirit. Whitman keeps a straight face throughout and actually wins the viewer over, but McDowall is just awful and Carol Lynley is hilariously mercurial as a patient with glossy, shampooed hair. This show rightfully belongs to Bacall, pulling off an extreme role with her usual rigid-jaw aplomb. ** from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1964 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Agonia mes' ti nyhta See more »

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Budget:

$1,285,000 (estimated)
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Arcola Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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