A fascinating curio, marking a point in the careers of Douglas Sirk (director) and Sam Fuller (then-screenwriter) before either had quite found their calling. From Fuller, you have the story of trashy cast-outs pining for a wholesome American dream, told in equal parts cynicism and shockingly unironic reverence. From Sirk, you have the lushness of the sets and proto-campy melodrama. For a moment, what a pair.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Not the standard juicy soap opera Douglas Sirk fare, even with Samuel Fuller writing. A decent half-noir that kind of bottoms out during the 3rd act. Not essential viewing for fans of either. I won't tell you to see Shockproof, but I won't tell you to avoid it either.
Unfortunately a bit soft around the edges, considering the talent involved. The story gets off to a strong start, but quickly degenerates into mushy theatrics before a solid final act with some effective suspense scenes - but the film ends on a false note with a tacked-on ending. Allegedly, Sirk was disappointed with the film because Fuller's original screenplay was considerably watered down before production.