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"He thought he was shockproof!"
  • Approved
  • 1949
  • 1 hr 19 min
  • 6.5  (2,254)

Shockproof is a 1949 film noir directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Cornel Wilde, Patricia Knight, and John Baragrey. The film tells the story of a parole officer named Griff Marat (Wilde) who falls in love with his client, a convicted murderess named Jenny Marsh (Knight). Jenny has just been released from prison after serving five years for killing her abusive husband. She is placed under the supervision of Griff, who tries to help her adjust to life outside of prison. However, Jenny has a difficult time adjusting to her new life and is constantly reminded of her past. Her parole officer is also in love with her, creating a complex and tense situation.

Despite Griff's efforts to keep Jenny on the straight and narrow, she becomes involved with an old flame, a gangster named Harry Wesson (Baragrey). Harry wants Jenny to help him pull off a robbery, and she agrees. Griff catches wind of Jenny's plan and does everything he can to stop her from getting involved with Harry and ruining her chances of staying out of prison.

The film explores themes of love, redemption, and the power of the past to shape the present. Cornel Wilde gives a strong performance as Griff, a man torn between his duty as a parole officer and his love for Jenny. Patricia Knight plays Jenny with a vulnerability and complexity that makes the audience sympathize with her despite her past.

The film also features excellent cinematography by Charles Lang, who captures the dark and moody atmosphere of the film noir genre. The use of shadows and light creates an eerie feeling throughout the film, adding to the tension and suspense.

Ultimately, Shockproof is a compelling and well-crafted film that is worth watching for fans of film noir and classic Hollywood cinema. It offers a unique spin on the genre, exploring the relationship between a parole officer and his client in a way that is both dramatic and suspenseful. The performances by Wilde and Knight are particularly noteworthy, elevating the material and making the film a must-see for fans of classic Hollywood cinema.

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    6.5  (2,254)