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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Video Beaverhausen: Joan Crawford Gets Axe Happy in Strait-Jacket!

The poster at right hangs in my living room. I love this William Castle suspense/ horror flick from 1964.

Strait-Jacket is the movie that Joan Crawford made after being fired from Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. People tell me they think nothing's scarier than Joan yielding a large axe.

Crawford portrays Lucy Harbin, a woman who comes home one night, finds her hubby in bed with another woman, stumbles upon an axe and impulsively hacks them into pieces.

She is put away in a mental asylum and returns decades later to society, only to be haunted by her past. The story was written by Robert Bloch, the author of Psycho.

Diane Baker plays Joan's daughter. Joan liked Diane; they bonded after performing together in the 1959 soaper The Best of Everything.

Baker went on to co-star with Crawford in this film and, later, the tv-movie Della.

Strait-Jacket is good for thrills and chilla and maybe a few laughs. A must-see.

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