The Snake Pit Movie Review 1948

Information and Film Reviews for The Snake Pit the Movie

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One of the first films to compassionately explore mental illness and its treatment. Following an emotional collapse Virginia (de Havilland) is placed in a mental institution by her husband, Robert (Stevens). The severity of her depression causes her sympathetic doctor (Genn) to try such treatments as electric shock, hydrotherapy, and drugs, along with the psychoanalysis which gradually allows her to accept her fears and make her recovery. Tour-de-force performance by de Havilland. Based on the novel by Mary Jane Ward.

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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 108 minutes.

Cast and Crew

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Screenplay
Frank Partos, Millen Brand
Cast
Olivia de Havilland, Mark Stevens, Leo Genn, Celeste Holm, Glenn Langan, Helen Craig, Leif Erickson, Beulah Bondi
Cinematography
Leo Tover
Director
Anatole Litvak
Music
Alfred Newman
Producer
Robert Bassler, Anatole Litvak, 20th Century-Fox

Awards

Oscars 1948: Sound; N.Y. Film Critics 1948: Actress (de Havilland).

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