“Strait-Jacket” (1964) was directed by legendary veteran cinema thriller-horror director William Castle, known for “Macabre” (1958), “House on Haunted Hill” (1959, with Vincent Price), “The Tingler” (1959, with Price), “13 Ghosts” (1960, with Charles Herbert), “Homicidal” (1961, with Glenn Corbett), “The Night Walker” (1964, with Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor) and “I Saw What You Did” (1965). The screenplay for Castle’s 1964 Columbia thriller was written by Robert Bloch. Bloch was famous for his thriller novel “Psycho,” which was adapted into a successful thriller film of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960 (with Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins).
Who was in William Castle’s “Strait-Jacket” (1964)?
The players who appeared in William Castle’s 1964 Columbia thriller were Joan Crawford (as Lucy Harbin), Diane Baker (as Carol Cutler), Leif Erickson (as Bill Cutler), George Kennedy (as Leo Krause), Lee Majors (as Frank Harbin, Majors did not receive screen credit for Castle’s 1964 production); Howard Hoffman (in an uncredited role), Rochelle Hudson (as Emily Cutler), Edith Atwater (as Mrs. Anderson Fields), Mitchell Cox (as Dr. Anderson), Howard St. John (as Raymond Fields), John Anthony Hayes (as Michael Fields), Vicki Cos (in an uncredited role as young Carol Harbin), Laura Hess and Patty Lee (in uncredited roles as young children); Patricia Crest (in an uncredited role as Stella Fulton), Lynn Lundgren (in an uncredited role as a beautician) and Robert Ward (in an uncredited role as a shoe clerk).
That same year, Joan Crawford and Diane Baker appeared in Robert Gist’s film drama, “Della” (1964). One year later, Crawford played the role of Amy Nelson in another William Castle thriller; “I Saw What You Did” (for Universal Studios in 1965; with Erickson, Sara Lane, John Ireland, Andi Garrett, Patricia Breslin and Los Angeles TV personality Tom Hatten).
Some of George Kennedy’s best-known appearances throughout his screen career were in “The Dirty Dozen” (1967), “Cool Hand Luke” (1967, with Paul Newman) and Universal’s “Airport” franchise series of action thrillers in 1970, 1975, 1977 and 1979 (in the role of Joe Patroni).
“Strait-Jacket” (1964) marked one of Lee Majors’ earliest screen appearances. He was recommended for the role of Frank Harbin by actor Rock Hudson, according to IMDB. Majors went onto greater fame for his role of Col. Steve Austin in Harve Bennett ‘s action-adventure TV series, “The Six Million Dollar Man” (orig. produced as a made-for-TV movie in 1973, the series lasted from 1974-78).