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Beauty contest winner Patricia Knight's one bid for screen stardom was Columbia's Shockproof. Knight plays Jenny Wright, a convicted murderess paroled in the care of probation officer Griff Marat (Cornel Wilde). What begins as an aloof professional relationship eventually blossoms into romance. The fly in the ointment is shady Harry Wesson (John Baragrey), the gambler who inveigled Jenny into committing murder. The girl is torn between creature comforts offered her by Wesson and the promise of a clean life offered by Griff. This early Douglas Sirk effort contains a smattering of the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A cheap 79-minute time-waster that's all business ..."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A hamstrung potboiler."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While Shockproof will inspire more groans than gasps, it's essential viewing for fans of Mr. Fuller and Mr. Sirk."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"... a minor noir with Fuller's tabloid sensibility and Sirk's romantic gloss, directed with an economy that makes the most of its modest budget."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Given its poetic nuances, it's a shame the film succumbs to cliché."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Well done mixture of romance and film noir."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"In his own way, Sirk was as good a director as Fuller; here he emphasizes the complex, intense emotions of the lead characters, which helps guide the film over some of its plot hurdles."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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