Shockproof (1949)



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Parole officer Griff Marat (Cornel Wilde) is lured into a love affair with murderess-on-parole Jenny Wright (Patricia Knight). Her lover, and the man who had originally y convinced her to commit the murder, gambler Harry Wesson (John Baragrey), offers to take Jenny back to her plush life. The conflict which ensues as Marat tries to save Jenny almost destroys his life. Shockproof directed by Douglas Sirk, though one of his early efforts, shows hints of the distinctive style he would later employ with great success in his later career. The screenplay was written by famed director Samuel Fuller known for his gritty realism and hard-boiled style.

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Cornel Wilde
as Graff Marat
Patricia Knight
as Jenny Marsh
John Baragrey
as Harry Wesson
Esther Minciotti
as Mrs. Marat
Howard St. John
as Sam Brooks
Russell Collins
as Frederick Bauer
Charles Bates
as Tommy Marat
Charley Bates
as Tommy Marat
Ann Shoemaker
as Dr. Daniels
King Donovan
as Joe Wilson
Claire Carleton
as Florie Kobiski
Al Eben
as Joe Kobiski
Isabel Withers
as Switchboard Operator
Virginia Farmer
as Mrs. Terrence
Charles Jordan
as Hot Dog Man
Buddy Swan
as Teenage Boy
Cliff Clark
as Police Lieutenant
Arthur Space
as Police Inspector
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Critic Reviews for Shockproof

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

A cheap 79-minute time-waster that's all business ...

Jan 25, 2007

While Shockproof will inspire more groans than gasps, it's essential viewing for fans of Mr. Fuller and Mr. Sirk.

Jan 25, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Well done mixture of romance and film noir.

Jan 30, 2012 | Full Review…


Oct 7, 2010 | Full Review…

... a minor noir with Fuller's tabloid sensibility and Sirk's romantic gloss, directed with an economy that makes the most of its modest budget.

Dec 5, 2009 | Full Review…

In his own way, Sirk was as good a director as Fuller; here he emphasizes the complex, intense emotions of the lead characters, which helps guide the film over some of its plot hurdles.

Oct 30, 2009 | Full Review…

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