Sunday, October 27, 2013


1964 American Feature

Cast: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, Howard St. John, John Anthony Hayes, Rochelle Hudson, George Kennedy, Edith Atwater and Lee Majors
Director: William Castle
Writer: Robert Bloch

Twenty years after killing her husband and his mistress with an axe, Lucy Harbin is released from a mental institution and returns to her estranged daughter. Despite Lucy's attempts to prove herself, suspicions arise about her increasingly erratic behavior.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 80% / Audience: 68%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD: Available


  • Casting Call: Joan Blondell and Anne Helm.
  • Film debut of actor Lee Majors, in the uncredited role of Joan Crawford's ill-fated husband. He got the role after his friend Rock Hudson asked producer/director William Castle to find a part for the then 23-year-old actor.
  • In the tradition of other productions from master B-movie showman William Castle, moviegoers were given little cardboard axes as they entered the theater during the film's original release.
  • A variant of the Columbia Pictures logo appears at the end of the film, showing a decapitated "Torch Lady", her severed head resting at her feet.
  • Listed among "The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made" in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide.
  • Not to be confused with the 2004 comedy Straight-Jacket.

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