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      Shockproof

      1949 1 hr. 19 min. Crime Drama List
      82% 11 Reviews Tomatometer 49% 100+ Ratings Audience Score Jenny Marsh (Patricia Knight) is a hard-luck dame who's just finished five years in the slammer for killing a man. Jenny's not exactly the murdering type -- she did the deed while defending her jailbird lover, Harry (John Baragrey), which is probably one reason she's attracted the attention of her parole officer, Griff Marat (Cornel Wilde). In fact, Griff is so taken with Jenny that he gets her a job caring for his ailing mother, but although Jenny tries to fly right, she's not yet over Harry. Read More Read Less

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      ogn d Melodrama, sappy, hokey, whatever you want to call it Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Lawton, the DP is the best part of this film. Very well shot but that's about it. Interesting start that just can't fizzle out quickly enough as we go from one unbelievable situation to another. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member When I noticed that Samuel Fuller was one of the script writers for "Shockproof", I had anticipated a high quality exciting noir. Instead, I was disappointed to encounter an unconvincing paint by numbers noir with a whitewash ending. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member While Shockproof will inspire more groans than gasps, it's essential viewing for fans of Mr. Fuller and Mr. Sirk. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Decent noir that moves quite well, although the ending is a complete and utter cop out, with a perplexing choice to just give up made by the antagonist. Still, it has some very strong moments, and Sirk shows a bit of flair now and then. I think Cornel Wilde did OK, but Patricia Knight is largely unconvincing. Howard St. John gets a good little role for his film debut. A worthwhile effort, all in all. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Douglas Sirk adapts a Sam Fuller story and it ends up being as odd as you'd think it would be. It's a weird mix of suspense noir and fatal romance. The main problem is someone shoe horned an ending on to it that is just not acceptable. I'm tempted to dock it a star for this, but up till that last few minutes, it was damned fine. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Richard Brody New Yorker Avoiding the conventional menacing shadows of film noir, Sirk offers something of a film blanc... Jul 17, 2023 Full Review Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine Given its poetic nuances, it's a shame the film succumbs to cliché. Rated: 3/4 Jan 27, 2007 Full Review J. Hoberman Village Voice A cheap 79-minute time-waster that's all business ... Jan 25, 2007 Full Review Nell Dodson Russell Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder This one will probably do a lot to raise the stock of probation officers as glamour boys, but criminologists may find it irritating. Dec 15, 2021 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Well done mixture of romance and film noir. Jan 30, 2012 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Captivating. Oct 7, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Jenny Marsh (Patricia Knight) is a hard-luck dame who's just finished five years in the slammer for killing a man. Jenny's not exactly the murdering type -- she did the deed while defending her jailbird lover, Harry (John Baragrey), which is probably one reason she's attracted the attention of her parole officer, Griff Marat (Cornel Wilde). In fact, Griff is so taken with Jenny that he gets her a job caring for his ailing mother, but although Jenny tries to fly right, she's not yet over Harry.
      Director
      Douglas Sirk
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 4, 2017