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The Shrike (1955)

Approved | | Drama | 16 June 1955 (USA)
A successful theatrical director is driven to failure by the machinations of his vengeful wife. Eventually, he lands in a mental hospital where both his wife and his new love, a young ... See full summary »

Director:

José Ferrer

Writers:

Ketti Frings, Joseph A. Kramm (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Ferrer ... Jim Downs
June Allyson ... Ann Downs
Joy Page ... Charlotte Moore
Kendall Clark Kendall Clark ... Dr. R.S. Bellman
Isabel Bonner Isabel Bonner ... Dr. Barrow
Jay Barney Jay Barney ... Dr. Kramer
Richard Benedict ... Gregory, Male Nurse
Herbie Faye ... Tager
Martin Benedict Martin Benedict ... Jimmy
Will Kuluva ... John Ankortis
Martin Newman Martin Newman ... Carlos O'Brien
Billy M. Greene ... Schloss (as Billy Greene)
Somar Alberg Somar Alberg ... Dr. Schlesinger
Joe Comadore Joe Comadore ... Major
Leigh Whipper Leigh Whipper ... Carlisle
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Storyline

A successful theatrical director is driven to failure by the machinations of his vengeful wife. Eventually, he lands in a mental hospital where both his wife and his new love, a young actress named Charlotte, are waiting to see him. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In all diesen Nächten See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

In connection with the picture, José Ferrer composed an instrumental, "The Shrike" which was recorded by several bands, including those of Pete Rugolo, Les Baxter and Buddy Collette. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are typewritten on a roll of paper, which a hand cuts at intervals with a pair of scissors. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tsukiyo no kasa (1955) See more »

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Personal reflections and memories
16 October 2005 | by admacdSee all my reviews

I saw the movie about 50 years ago. A friend of mine, who had seen the play on Broadway, told me that his mother and her bridge club had journeyed from New Jersey to NYC to see it in a matinée performance, and she told him, as I remember, "We girls found it one-sided." My friend was a full fledged alcoholic by the age of twenty. He found the movie too true to be good, if I may put it so.

I loved June Alyson ever since I had seen her in Singing in the Rain and the movie, the Shrike, has always stayed with me, in part because I found it puzzling the one time I saw it. I would really like to see it again; only the passage of time leads me to give it a "9" rather than a "10".

Many strong images from the film remain in my memory: the squalid 12 x 6 hotel room lit by a bare bulb hanging like fly paper from the ceiling in which the attempted suicide took place; the impassive face of the psychiatrist listening to the wife's (shrike's) analysis of her husband; her shock when the shrink asks her whether she has sought therapeutic help for herself; and some other moments, too.

It may be one of the great movies. It seems to have been lost to memory. How can I get to see it again?


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