Strait-Jacket (1964): Directed by William Castle

Advised by his financial backers to eliminate the gimmicks, William Castle hired Hollywood’s legendary Joan Crawford to star as an ax-murderess in this story of a mother, who, after a 20 year stay in an insane asylum for killing her husband and his mistress, returns to her home and grown daughter.

While trying to re-connect with her daughter, Diane Baker (The Best of Everything, Marnie) the mother’s behavior raises suspicions about whether she is still a dangerously deranged killer.  At the last minute, Castle had cardboard axes handed out to patrons and sent Crawford on a nation-wide promotional tour of theaters showing the film.

 

Straight-Jacket has a running time of approximately 93 minutes and is not rated.