Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Douglas Sirk|
|Music by||George Duning|
|Cinematography||Charles Lawton, Jr.|
|Edited by||Gene Havlick|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Shockproof is a 1949 American film noir directed by Douglas Sirk, and starring Cornel Wilde and Patricia Knight. Wilde and Knight were husband and wife during principal photography. They divorced in 1951.
Wilde plays Griff Marat, a parole officer who falls in love with a parolee, Jenny Marsh (Knight). Marsh had gone to prison in order to protect a gambler with whom she was having an affair. Out of concern for her welfare, Marat hires Marsh as a caretaker for his blind mother (Esther Minciotti).
- Cornel Wilde as Griff 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
- Gilbert Barnett as Barry
In Samuel Fuller's original script, the film ended with a violent rebellion by Marat against the system that kept him and Marsh apart. The studio had National Velvet scriptwriter Helen Deutsch step in to pen a soft-suds rewrite.
The New York Times film critic, Matt Zoller Seitz, discussed the significance of the film during a recent exhibition in New York, "But while Shockproof will inspire more groans than gasps, it's essential viewing for fans of Mr. Fuller and Mr. Sirk — and that's why the Two Boots Pioneer Theater and an online film discussion group teamed up to give this critically and financially unsuccessful movie its first New York run. The lurid setup and obsessive-loner-versus-the-system mechanics are pure Samuel Fuller. Mr. Sirk's personality is expressed in the film's affection for its screwed-up characters, in the poetic deployment of mirrors, windows and stairways, and in the low-angled wide shots of Griff's house, a space that seems both nurturing and oppressive."
- Shockproof at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Shockproof at the Internet Movie Database
- Shockproof at AllMovie
- Shockproof at the TCM Movie Database