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Carol Lynley It’s Shocking

by Tom Lisanti
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Shock Treatment (1964) was Carol Lynley’s first theatrical foray into the realm of suspense. She played a manic depressive afraid of a man’s touch who falls for Stuart Whitman an actor paid to feign madness to find where crazy gardner Roddy McDowall hid the loot after he killed his rich employer. Steely Lauren Bacall runs the nuthouse and loves to use shock treatment on the inmates. It was not a hit. Perhaps if Anthony Perkins who campaigned for the lead was cast, it may have done better. This was the first of many times Carol and Roddy would work together. More in my BearManor Media book Carol Lynley: Her Film & TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy & Suspense

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