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Shockproof (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 January 1949 (USA)
After having served 5 years in prison, for killing a man while defending her disreputable lover, Harry (John Baragrey), Jenny Marsh (Patricia Knight) is set for parole. Her parole officer, ... See full summary »

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Douglas Sirk
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cornel Wilde ... Griff Marat
Patricia Knight ... Jenny Marsh
John Baragrey ... Harry Wesson
Esther Minciotti Esther Minciotti ... Mrs. Marat
Howard St. John ... Sam Brooks
Russell Collins ... Frederick Bauer
Charles Bates ... Tommy Marat
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After having served 5 years in prison, for killing a man while defending her disreputable lover, Harry (John Baragrey), Jenny Marsh (Patricia Knight) is set for parole. Her parole officer, Griff Marat Cornel Wilde is determined to make Jenny go straight. For lack of other prospects Griff finds Jenny a job in his own home, something totally against regulations. At first, Jenny still has feelings for Harry, but as Griff shows her more compassion and care, she falls in love with him - which Harry seems to encourage, because he has plans to crush Griff and his dreams of political office, and the situation soon becomes even more dangerous... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He Thought He Was Shockproof!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lovers See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Samuel Fuller's original script, the film ended with a violent rebellion by Marat against the system that kept him and Marsh apart. The studio had National Velvet (1944) scriptwriter Helen Deutsch step in to pen a soft-suds rewrite. See more »

Quotes

Jenny Marsh: I'm no longer asking you to say goodbye. I'm just saying it!
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Crazy Credits

Following the opening credits the camera pans onto the curb edge of the road which reads HOLLYWOOD BLVD. See more »

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Referenced in Tis tyhis ta grammena (1957) See more »

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Shockproof (1949)
3 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A parole officer falls for one of his charges, but is she playing him for a sucker? Not so much a noir as a noir-esque romantic melodrama, and not up to the level of the best from either director Douglas Sirk or writer Sam Fuller. The story could have gone one of two ways, and it chose the less interesting path (from what I've read, this might have been a studio decision). However, Cornel Wilde and Patricia Knight (actual spouses at the time) handle their performances quite well, and play off each other with conviction and chemistry. The script has some nice touches, the photography is pretty sharp, and the supporting roles are good. It's certainly a watchable movie, just rather bland... and it wraps up far too easily.


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