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Strait-Jacket (1964)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 19 January 1964 (USA)
After a twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.

Director:

William Castle

Writer:

Robert Bloch
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Lucy Harbin
Diane Baker ... Carol Cutler
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. Alison Fields
Mitchell Cox ... Dr. Anderson
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Storyline

Lucy Harbin has been in an asylum for twenty years after axing her husband and his mistress during a crime of passion, witnessed by her young daughter, Carol. While trying to renew ties with Carol, who is now a young woman about to be married, heads begin to roll again. Is Lucy repeating her past? Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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WARNING! 'Strait-Jacket' vividly depicts ax murders! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Straightjacket See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$550,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joan Blondell was originally set to play the title role, but because of an accident, she was replaced with Joan Crawford. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy commits a double ax murder at the beginning of the film, there is absolutely no blood on ax blade or blood splattering during her brutal attack. See more »

Quotes

Carol Harbin: Their first mistake was thinking that the child was asleep, the second mistake was that the wife had decided to come home that night on the train.
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Crazy Credits

The Columbia Pictures logo at the end of the closing credits has the Torch Lady's head chopped off and placed at her feet. See more »

Connections

Referenced in On the Road with Joan Crawford (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleeping Beauty Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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User Reviews

You can't afford to miss Straight Jacket.
5 January 2004 | by ryonieSee all my reviews

The movie opens with shocking betrayal. Lucy Harbin (Joan Crawford) returns from a journey only to find her husband (Lee Majors) in bed with another woman. She spins into a murderous rampage. With an axe, she evens the score by lopping of the heads of her adulterous husband and his mistress with a big, shiny axe. Her revenge is the fuel for local legend, but the price is twenty years in a mental intuition.

When Crawford is released from custody (fully recovered) the story begins.

The prison bus drops Crawford off at the home of her sweet and innocent daughter, who is very popular and happens to be dating the richest boy in town. She also watched as her mother brutally murdered two people, including her father, but in spite of life's little setbacks, Diane Harbin is perfectly fine.

With such a humdrum cast of characters, it seems strange when headless corpses start showing up all over town. Who could the murderer be?

This movie is one of the five best movies I saw in 2003. It's lots of fun, and Crawford's performance outclasses any I've seen. It is a GREAT movie. It's got LOTS of decapitations, but no gore or fake blood! A modern marvel!


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