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Shockproof (1949)

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For people more familiar with director Douglas Sirk’s glossy complex melodramas of the 1950s, here’s an example of a slightly earlier work. Cornel Wilde is the parole officer who falls in love with Patricia Knight, just out of prison for protecting her gangster lover, and who manipulates Wilde into marrying her. Then she kills her lover and the pair go on the run … it’s a tight film from a screenplay by Helen Deutsch and future director Samuel Fuller and worth a look for completionists, particularly looking at Wilde’s performance which is a lot more nuanced than some of his earlier films.


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