The Snake Pit

Synopsis: Virginia Cunningham finds herself in a state insane asylum...and can't remember how she got there. In flashback, her husband Robert relates their courtship, marriage, and her developing symptoms. The asylum staff are not demonized, but fear, ignorance and regimentation keep Virginia in a state of misery, as pipesmoking Dr. Mark Kik struggles through wheels within wheels to find the root of her problem. Then a relapse plunges Virginia back into the harrowing 'Snake Pit'...
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Anatole Litvak
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 9 nominations.
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108 min

Don't be afraid, Mrs. Cunningham.

We're your friends.

We just want to talk to you.

- How do you feel today?

- Very well, thank you.

- Is there any reason

why I shouldn't feel well?

- No. Of course not.

Maybe you'll think it's strange

to ask you this, but somehow

people never remember my face.

- Do you know who I am, Mrs. Cunningham?

- Of course.

You do? Tell me.

- Don't you know?

- If you don't mind, would

you tell me just the same?

- The warden.

- The warden of what?

- Of this prison.

- Is there any reason why

you should be in prison?

Why, yes, of course.

I'm writing a novel about prisons...

and I've come here

to study conditions and take notes...

about one day's worth,

thank you, and I'm going to leave now.

Where will you go when...

when you leave here?

- To your husband?

- I have no husband.

- You haven't?

I thought you were married.

- I am married.

If you're married, doesn't that

mean that you have a husband?

Pardon me. It slipped my mind.

What's your name again?

Stuart. Virginia Stuart.

- Miss Stuart?

- No. Mrs. Stuart.

- Mrs. Stuart?

- Virginia, darling, look at me.

Don't you know who I am?

I'm Robert. Virginia.

All right, Mrs. Cunningham.

The nurse'll take you back now.

Come on, Virginia.

You know, I'll be really sorry

to leave those poor girls.

I asked you to come here because

I've been going over information

you gave about your work.

We've seldom had a case history

that told so little.

I wish I could tell you more

about it, Dr... I'm sorry, but

I can't quite pronounce your name.

"Kik's" all right.

That's what everybody calls me here.

Well, you see, Dr. Kik, my wife never

talked very much about herself or her family.

I always thought it was strange,

but when you love somebody,

you're not looking for symptoms.

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Frank Partos

Frank Partos (2 July 1901, Budapest - 23 December 1956, Los Angeles) an American screenwriter, of Hungarian Jewish origin, and an early executive committee member of the Screen Actors Guild, which he helped found. more…

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