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Shock (1946)

Vincent Price , Lynn Bari , Alfred L. Werker  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw, Stephen Dunne
  • Directors: Alfred L. Werker
  • Writers: Albert DeMond, Eugene Ling, Martin Berkeley
  • Producers: Aubrey Schenck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FKO3VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shock" on IMDb

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  • Commentary by director Lewis Teague
  • Film noir trailers

Editorial Reviews

Shock is an enjoyable film noir that belongs in a subgenre--let's call it the psychoanalytic murder melodrama--which flourished after the success of Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound. Here, the set-up is delicious: nervous wife Anabel Shaw, already anxious about her soldier husband's delayed return home, witnesses a murder in a neighboring hotel room. Going into a deep state of--you guessed it--shock, she needs the care of San Francisco's leading psychiatrist, who just happens to be staying at the same hotel. Unfortunately, said analyst is none other than the murderer himself (Vincent Price), and he quickly realizes that if the lady comes out of her catatonic state, he'll be exposed for killing his wife. Things slow down once the action shifts to Price's private sanitarium, but Lynn Bari is fun to watch as his va-va-voom assistant/mistress/femme fatale, and Price himself indicates his young aptitude for the kind of sinister, tortured roles that would make him a mainstay of Edgar Allan Poe stories. There's also fun in listening to the psychoanalytic jargon spouted along the way, a distinctly Hollywood version of Freud. All in all, this unheralded 1946 picture counts at least as a minor rediscovery in the noir canon. --Robert Horton

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Film noir, a classic film style of the ‘40s and ‘50s, is noted for its dark themes, stark camera angles and high-contrast lighting. Comprising many of Hollywood’s finest films, film noir tells realistic stories about crime, mystery, femmes fatales and conflict.

This post-World War II suspense thriller sets off an emotional roller coaster after the psychologically fragile wife of a POW (Anabel Shaw) witnesses a brutal murder from a hotel window while waiting to be reunited with her husband (Frank Latimer). By the time he arrives, she’s nearly comatose with shock. The hotel’s psychiatrist (Vincent Price) is called in to help. But just as she begins to recognize him as the murderer she saw, he realizes she was a witness to his crime. So he arranges to take her to his private sanitarium where he and his nurse-mistress (Lynn Bari) can insure that no one takes the young woman’s ravings seriously and they can secretly administer enough "treatment" to silence her forever. Meanwhile, her husband and the police begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems and as they get closer to the truth, this complex mystery takes some unexpected twists!

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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From the Fox Noir series comes Shock (1946), a dark, entertaining little film featuring Vincent Price (The Fly, The Tingler, The Abominable Dr. Phibes) and Lynn Bari (Charlie Chan in City in Darkness, The Amazing Mr. X). Directed by Alfred L. Werker (He Walked by Night), the film also features Anabel Shaw (Home, Sweet Homicide, Gun Crazy), Frank Latimore (The Razor's Edge), Stephen Dunne (The Dark Past), and Charles Trowbridge (Valley of the Zombies).

As the film begins we see a woman named Janet Stewart (Shaw) checking into a San Franciscan hotel with the intent on meeting her husband Paul (Latimore), a lieutenant in the military who's been missing for the past couple years, only recently rescued from a POW camp, or something like that. Anyway, while anxiously awaiting the arrival of husband (two years is a long time to go without any action, and I should know), Janet witnesses a murder from her balcony as a man across the way bludgeons his wife to death during a heated argument. When Paul finally arrives, he finds his wife in a state of shock, unable to move or speak, presumably brought on by that which she witnessed earlier. The hotel doctor is called in, but seeing Janet's condition as something out of his league, he refers her to another hotel resident, a specialist in this sort of thing, named Dr. Richard Cross (Price), who also happens to be the same man Janet witnessed clubbing his now dead wife. Richard, quickly realizing the cause Janet's catatonic state, recommends she be taken to his private sanitarium for further `treatment'. Upon their arrival at the sanitarium we meet a nurse in attendance, one named Elaine Jordan (Bari), who happens to also be Richard's girlfriend (and the cause of the spat between Richard and his now dead wife).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A shock to the system August 9, 2006
Another one of the mid 1940's film noir examples. Vincent Price play the doctor with evil intent. After murdering his wife, he has the chance to do in the only witness to his crime. Will he or not? This is not a classic by any means, but Vincent Price is always fun to watch. This is a good example to watch from the period if you are unfamilar with it. It is also good if you are familar because this is not all that well known. Either way it is worth a watch.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price hoot January 21, 2004
I am an unabashed fan of ALL Vincent Price films, as I enjoy tremendously the actor's campy romp through melodrama. "Shock", from 1946, displays Price in his glory as a killer psychiatrist in love with a ruthless nurse who eggs him on in his plot to silence a woman who was a witness to his crime.
The woman's soldier husband, freshly home from WWII and familiar with the syndrome of soldiers suffering from "shock", accepts Price's self-serving diagnosis of his wife. As the plot grinds on, providing at least a laugh a minute, he slowly begins to believe his wife rather than her doctor. Truth prevails in the end of this satisfying film, which provides the viewer with "escape from reality" on several levels. Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What is there about cheap B-movie noirs from the Forties that make them so perfect a way to waste a couple of hours? For the most part, there's usually just adequate acting, deadly serious detectives, obvious music scores and plodding direction. My guess is that it's the comfort of the predictable, the efficient style (Shock takes only 70 minutes and was shot in 19 days), the black-and-white noir look achieved with lots of night scenes and odd dark shadows, the undemanding plots and, of course, the murders. It helps, too, if you're on the brink of doddering old age and can remember watching some of them in your neighborhood movie house.

In Shock, young wife Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw) arrives at the Belmont Arms Hotel in San Francisco to meet her soldier husband, Lt. Paul Stewart (Frank Latimore). He's coming home after two years as a prisoner of war. There's a mix-up with her reservation and then her husband doesn't arrive. The hotel manager let's her stay overnight in a suite, and there she not only has a nightmare but, looking out the window into the adjoining suite, she witnesses a man use a heavy candlestick to crush his wife's skull. When her husband arrives the next morning, he finds her in a catatonic state of shock. And guess which psychiatrist who has a suite in the hotel is called upon to examine her. (No spoilers here. All is known in the first six minutes.) Yes, it's Dr. Richard Cross (Vincent Price)...the man who is the murderer.

It's not long before Dr. Cross has convinced Lt. Stewart to let him care for his wife at his private sanatorium. Death may be one of the therapies he prescribes for her.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Tonya
Loved the story!Excellent mystery and suspense thriller.An excellent plot about a woman witnessing a murder and has a break down and is commited to an asylum. I do not want to say no more it will spoil the surprise!!! The picture was dark and grainy and sound quality poor. I could not enjoy the picture. Lousy dvd transfer!! I agree with laurent burel's posting. Do not buy this dvd until a better transfer comes along!!!rent it!I give it 4 stars because I loved Vincent Price and good story plot 0 stars for quality of dvd!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent transfer does not hinder viewing. Recommended.
A very good film that I almost did not purchase due to all the 'bad transfer' comments posted here. The transfer is fine - consider how old this film is and also realize this one... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Carlos B.
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality
My review is not based on the film. I was looking forward to enjoying this flick as I love classic movies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angora Deb
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Picture quality interfered with viewing.
Published 1 month ago by Laurie Chillcott
1.0 out of 5 stars Baaaaad audio!
Baaaaad audio! I've seen this movie on tv before so I was really looking forward to watching it - plus it has Vincent Price in it :D

Unfortunately, this is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BestDayofMyLife
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth my time.
Poor quality ans story line. Made no sense to me. Very disappointing for a Vincent Price movie. I have seen better.
Published 2 months ago by Pat Etzwiler
4.0 out of 5 stars A Horror-Noir Hybrid
After recently rewatching "Shock," what strikes me about this movie is not so much its virtues as a film-noir, but its elements of horror. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marshall T. Schwartzman
4.0 out of 5 stars VINCENT PRICE
Published 4 months ago by Louie the Lip
5.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price - 'nuff said
Vincent Price never disappoints me. Such a grand actor no matter the role he plays. The movie was kitchy and quite over dramatic but delightfully so.
Published 4 months ago by Muffin
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay movie, but really creepy.
This is your typical psychological thriller horror movie. It's also classic Vincent Price. I normally love Vincent Price movies regardless of the roll he plays, but this one just... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fiber Mage
3.0 out of 5 stars SHOCK
Slow moving and predictable but it does have its moments. Vincent Price good as always. Plot on the thin side.
Published 5 months ago by George Stamos
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