Strait-Jacket (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes


Strait-Jacket (1964)




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In this chilling blood-tale in "Psycho" style, Robert Bloch modernizes the Lizzy Borden story. A wife (Joan Crawford) literally axes her cheating husband and his lover, witnessed by her three-year-old daughter. Mom is packed off to the insane asylum for 20 years before reuniting with the daughter (Diane Baker). From this point, the axe murders continue along a contrived plot intended to lead the audience astray until the mystery is solved. Crawford's strong performance and the excellently constructed suspense are the best elements of the film -- and the chopping saves the show when the plot tends to slow.

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Joan Crawford
as Lucy Harbin
Diane Baker
as Carol Harbin
Leif Erickson
as Bill Cutler
George Kennedy
as Leo Krause
Howard St. John
as Raymond Fields
John Anthony Hayes
as Michael Fields
Rochelle Hudson
as Emily Cutler
Mitch Cox
as Dr. Anderson
Edith Atwater
as Mrs. Fields
Mitchell Cox
as Dr. Anderson
Lee Yeary
as Frank Hardin
Patricia Krest
as Stella Fulton
Vickie Cos
as Carol at age 3
Patty Lee
as 1st little girl
Laura Hess
as 2nd little girl
Robert Ward
as Shoe clerk
Lyn Lundgren
as Beauty Operator
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Critic Reviews for Strait-Jacket

All Critics (7)

(Crawford) may have been mourning her glory days and miserable that the bloom was off her rose, but she remained until the end a major artist and a consummate professional.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The twist ending is one of the most obvious ever put on film, but Crawford's campy histrionics and some neat stylistic flourishes make this worthy entertainment.

August 28, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This one has a very high quality of dialogue and performance.

October 23, 2009 | Full Review…

Joan Crawford in a shlocky classic B thriller and all about axe murders.

March 9, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

It's only a movie.

January 28, 2004 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Strait-Jacket

This is a fun murder mystery, you think you know what's going on, but it surprises you. I really liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

One of the top 5 William Castle films? Could be number one actually.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

omg hilarious. actually i felt a little sorry for joan. this is what happened to female stars who were considered too old to play romantic leads. i would love to own this poster tho :p

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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