THE SNAKE PIT (Anatole Litvak, 1948)

Mary Jane Ward’s fictionalized account of her mental illness and treatment in a state asylum, The Snake Pit, became a film whose popular success—the book also was a bestseller—motivated Congress to legislate improvements in the U.S. mental health care system. Indeed, it is a famous film on many scores, winning Anatole Litvak his only Oscar […]