And if you like Joan Crawford, I suggest you see Strait Jacket if you haven't already. It's super-corny and kinda dumb
I don't think you "get" Straight Jacket/William Castle.
Keep in mind that "corny and dumb" are relative concepts-- I love Strait Jacket, but
the oddly elaborate plot Carol sets up stretches credulity (tape recorders? Carol you were doing fine before all that), and the odd speech at the end....
Perhaps I'm being too harsh-- besides, the silly elements give the film a unique flavor, and they're probably the reason I like it so much (as compared to Psycho, which is probably a "better" film, but a much less fun one). If I'm missing something, please fill me in!
Perhaps I'm being too harsh-- besides, the silly elements give the film a unique flavor
The quote-unquote "Silly" elements are fully intended. You can't laugh ironically at something that's intentionally supposed to be funny. It would be like berating Ghostbusters for having too many jokes.
William Castle even said he didn't need any any of his usual gimmicks in the movie because casting Joan Crawford is the biggest gimmick of them all.
Oh geez I'm gonna have to recommend Fritz Lang's "M" from 1931. It's the movie that made Peter Lorre a film star, and typecast him in the same stroke. He was just so damn good no one could see him as anything else for ages..