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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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Audience Reviews for Strait-Jacket

  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is a fun murder mystery, you think you know what's going on, but it surprises you. I really liked it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2010
    Alive, in Victoria Falls (Zambia side today). Returning Stateside on Tuesday. Bummed about the Rockies getting their rumps handed to them in the World Series. Happy I'm alive to experience the bummer, after the Zambezi. That river kicked my arse. See ya folks soon, and with pics! By the way, any good movies out lately? Saw the majority of both Away From Her and The Hoax on the flights out here, but not in their entirety (bleeping Air Canada's crappy in-flight electronics can be blamed for that). Both were excellent until being snapped away like a ghost line from my transfixed eyes. Bah.
    Neum D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2009
    One of the top 5 William Castle films? Could be number one actually.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2009
    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 D Super Reviewer

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