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Shockproof (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 January 1949 (USA)
A Parole Officer falls in-love with his client, a ravishing blonde who served time for murder, and he's determined to help her go straight despite her interfering criminal boyfriend.

Director:

Douglas Sirk
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cornel Wilde ... Griff Marat
Patricia Knight ... Jenny Marsh
John Baragrey ... Harry Wesson
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!

Genres:

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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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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Interesting noir with distinctive Sirkian twist
27 December 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Released from prison after five years for killing a man to protect her gambling lover (John Baragrey), hard case Patricia Knight comes under the purview of parole officer Cornel Wilde. Trying to keep her from the clutches of the still-infatuated Baragrey, Wilde moves her into his household as companion to his blind, widowed mother. Inevitably they fall in love and wed secretly, since marriage is a violation of parole. Not one to read a Dear John letter lightly, Baragrey attempts to blackmail Knight with old billets-doux but is shot in a struggle. Wilde, on the verge of turning her in, relents, and, in a long sequence that was reprised almost exactly two years later in Tomorrow is Another Day, joins her on the lam, making ends meet as a day-laborer and living in shacks. But the strain of poverty and fear of apprehension begin to corrode....

Douglas Sirk, later to reach fulfilment in lushly overwrought melodramas like Written on the Wind, shows a nice flair for the conventions of noir in this well scripted and acted film, which maintains its integrity until its rabbit-out-of-the-hat ending -- surely not the one penned by co-scenarist Samuel Fuller. (The title, by the way, seems basically meaningless but to have been chosen for its purely abstract, noirish resonance.)


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