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A psychologically distraught woman is committed to a private sanitarium by the man whom she witnessed commit a murder. - IMDB Description

Shock is a 1946 American film noir directed by Alfred L. Werker<>.</>


The film tells the story of a psychiatrist, Dr. Cross (Vincent Price), who is treating a young woman, Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw), who is in a coma-state, brought on when she heard loud arguing, went to her window and saw a man strike his wife with a candlestick and kill her. It also stars Lynn Bari as Dr. Cross's nurse/lover, Elaine Jordan.
As Stewart comes out of her shock, she recognizes Dr. Cross as the killer. He then takes her to his sanitarium and at Elaine's urging, gives Janet an overdose of insulin under the pretense of administering insulin shock therapy. He can't bring himself to murder her in cold blood, though, and asks Elaine to get the medicine to save her. Elaine uses, they argue, and he strangles her. A colleague of Dr. Cross, Dr. Harvey, saves Janet's life and Dr. Cross is taken into custody by a lawyer from the District Attorney's office.


  • Vincent Price as Dr. Richard Cross
  • Lynn Bari as Elaine Jordan
  • Frank Latimore as Lt. Paul Stewart
  • Anabel Shaw as Janet Stewart
  • Stephen Dunne (actor) as Dr. Stevens
  • Reed Hadley as O'Neill
  • Renee Carson as Mrs. Hatfield
  • Charles Trowbridge as Dr. Franklin Harvey


The film was originally to be directed by Henry Hathaway.

See also

  • Category:1946 films
    Category:1940s thriller films
    Category:American films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Film noir
    Category:Films directed by Alfred L. Werker
    Category:Psychological thriller films
    Category:20th Century Fox films
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