Sadistic Sergeant Rance (Beach Dickerson) and a small unit of men are sent on patrol behind enemy lines to find Pvt. Johnny Wade after he goes AWOL from base camp. The young soldier had been exhibiting symptoms of combat fatigue syndrome, commonly known as ‘shell shock,’ after nearly being killed in an ambush. Rance assumes Johnny is faking his condition in a bid to get a ticket home to the states and he’s determined to prove it. First he must find the boy and return to Allied territory before the Nazis track them all down.
Shell Shock was the first of five films produced by star Beach Dickerson, who began his film career in Roger Corman’s 1957 cult classic Attack of the Crab Monsters. Dickerson also appeared in War of the Satellites (1958), Teenage Caveman (1958) and Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961).
Starring Beach Dickerson, Carl Crow, Frank Leo, Pamela Gray; Directed by John Hayes.
1964, B&W, 81 minutes