Shockproof is a patly told tale of the parole system with a strong romantic thread.
Shockproof is a patly told tale of the parole system with a strong romantic thread.Yarn is wrapped up in a good production dress that uses Los Angeles locales to stress semi-documentary flavor. While never credible, story does point up the standard melodramatics and good playing to keep it all interesting. Douglas Sirk’s direction moves at an excellent pace. Plot deals with probationary work, with Cornel Wilde as one of the officers in the local bureau. A paroled murderess, Patricia Knight, is assigned to his care, and story is based on what happens to him and the girl when love moves into their lives. Situations come together with pat coincidences that don’t make for credence. Wilde does well by his assignment, and Knight brings a strong personality and s.a to her part.
Columbia. Director Douglas Sirk; Screenplay Helen Deutsch, Samuel Fuller; Camera Charles Lawton Jr; Editor Gene Havlick; Music George Duning
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 78 MIN.
Cornel Wilde Patricia Knight John Baragrey Esther Minciotti Howard St John