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Shock (1946)

Cast: Vincent Price, Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, more...
Director: Alfred L. Werker, Alfred L. Werker
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Studio: Alpha Video
Running Time: 70 min.

In this thriller, psychiatrist Dr. Cross (Vincent Price) kills his wife and expects to get away with murder, until he discovers that the slaying was observed by a next-door neighbor, Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw). As Janet attempts to convince her husband (Frank Latimore) of the doctor's dastardly deed, Cross shows up to advise him that Janet is in dire need of some in-depth counseling. ~ Iotis Erlewine, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Now--in a Newly-Released Fox Noir version! (But Why?) by talltale September 6, 2006 - 12:47 PM PDT
A bizarre little time-waster circa 1946, SHOCK at least won't squander all that much of your time: It lasts only 70 minutes. The movie stars Vincent Price, who went on to many other better things, and Lynn Bari, who though appearing in well over 160 films and TV stints, was never much recognized by the man (or woman) in the street. The plot has to do with a young war bride who by accident sees something naughty and pays for it over the next hour, as the baddies plot first to keep her sedated and off the streets and then move on to something a bit more permanent. There are no thrills or surprises; performances, writing and direction are rote; but, ah, the gorgeous black-and-white cinematography: Together with the fine DVD transfer given this rather undeserving film, it almost makes your time well spent.

Vincent Price will shock you... by eifert August 28, 2004 - 5:02 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Shock is a film noir starring Vincent Price as a mad psychiatrist who murders his wife, and then discovers that a woman has witnessed the event. He takes the woman under his care, and then later to a creepy little private hospital, in an attempt to keep her quiet. Medical science has come a long way since this film. Some of the plot twists involving memory loss and shock treatment will no doubt seem silly to most watching this film today. Overall, it's a fun noir.

The DVD transfer is bad. The company that made this clearly has no interest in putting out a decent product. No extras and cheap production values. The chapter menu only allows you to chose from 4 chapters! Also the artwork makes it seem like it's a horror film. It's not.

If your a noir or Vincent Price fan - and you can get past the poor quality - you'll enjoy a good popcorn movie.

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