Joan Crawford plays a woman in her twenties in the opening prologue that butchers her husband and lover whilst their daughter watches. Time moves up to the present, and Crawford, who now seems cured, is allowed to come home to live with her brother and his wife and the daughter she had left in their care. William Castle directs this campy classic with a pretty strait-forward approach as Lucy comes home and strange things start to happen to her and around her and, of course in a film like this, to other people and their health and welfare. Has she regressed? Well, I cannot answer that question here and now, but just remember one thing - this film was directed by William Castle. The acting in this film is good by all accounts: Diane Baker does a credible job as the daughter trying to cope with having her mother back. George Kennedy axes the wrong questions as he plays a farmhand with callous seediness. But it is Crawford that will have your attention throughout. Not necessarily because she is real good but because she doesn't seem to mind at all playing a fool to her image. When she comes out in a flowered dress with bangles on her arm as a bracelet and an obvious wig in the prologue sequence - she looks so ridiculous that you know this has to be high camp. She supposedly is playing a young, swinging, virile woman but looks like she's been roaming a nursing home for a few years. When she gets back to the present, she plays "herself" for a bit, but then things start to turn her back into sexy, campy Joan. Check out the scene where she hits on her daughter's boyfriend with the record player playing. It sent chills down my spine and raised what hairs I have on my head. It has to be one of the campiest portrayals - whether intended or not - I have ever seen. Give this one a look just for Joan's performance! As for the axe murders - they are done fairly suspensefully and Castle has always been more than competent behind the lens with this type of material.
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Strait-Jacket is a movie starring Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, and Leif Erickson. After a twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.
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Lucy Harbin has been in an asylum for twenty years after axing her husband and his mistress during a crime of passion, witnessed by her young daughter, Carol. While trying to renew ties with Carol, who is now a young woman about to be married, heads begin to roll again. Is Lucy repeating her past?
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Baubles, Bangles, and One Old Woman!Reviewed byBaronBl00dVote: 6/10
"Strait-Jacket" tells this story: Lucy Habin (Joan Crawford) surprises her husband with another woman. She falls into madness and kills them both, and her daughter sees everything. After spending 20 years in an asylum, she's is considered recovered and released. She leaves the asylum and goes to live with her daughter. Very simply told this is just the introduction of the film. The rest you can guess but maybe you'll guess wrong. I said maybe.
This is an interesting film. It is deceivingly naive but those able to go beyond the story will make their own discoveries. For one thing: "Strait-Jacket" was filmed in 1963 when society was more conservative - social rules and divisions were much more rigid then. There were mainly two choices (especially in small towns and rural areas) - either adapt to society and its straight-jacket or else be an outcast. Why am writing this? Because this is one of my readings of the film.
Anyway "Strait-Jacket" is a good thriller (not so much for the scares but rather for the atmosphere). Well, it hasn't the sophistication of some film noirs of the 40s and 50s but its charm resides in its simplicity not deprived of sense of humor. Joan Crawfords acting is of course superb and the supporting cast does also a good job. The story is interesting and will keep your attention till the end.
I've seen 2 other Castle films ("The Tingler" and "House on Haunted Hill") - both of them funny and entertaining, but I think that "Strait-Jacket" is the best one - it is not so amateurish and goes deeper than the other ones, but still preserves the light touch characteristic of William Castle. There are surprises in store. Go for it!
Wow, where to begin with 'Strait-Jacket'? First of all, people who aren't keen on either Crawford or 60's horror movies shouldn't, and probably wouldn't, bother with this in the first place. That being said, its great fun. Joan Crawford is the film's main - perhaps only - asset. Crawford is considered by many now as a camp icon. This does her a great disservice because it undervalues her talents as an actress. Quite simply, she was the greatest (female) movie star. One of the best - and paradoxically saddest - things about Crawford was that whatever she was in, she always gave maximum efforts to her performance. This is sad because a movie like this isn't really worthy of the depth that she adds to the character. Adding Mildred Pierce-level emotion to 'Strait-Jacket' is almost tragic to watch if you think about how her career had gone. One of the trademarks of a truly great actor is the ability to rise above the material, and Crawford certainly does this here, cranking up the acting-ometer up to 150.
'Strait-Jacket' certainly compares well with others in its genre. Personally, I found it a lot more enjoyable that 'Whatever Happened...' perhaps because Bette Davis wasn't in it. It may not have the subtext of 'Baby Jane' or 'Lady in a Cage' but, no other words to really explain it, it is simply more fun to watch.