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- The 'A' team
Murdoc waltzing round the grounds of a VA hospital
in an old style Posey and BA (Mr. T) refuses to release him.
- Airwolf, TV-Series: 1984-1986
Episode "Echoes From the Past".
MPEG thanks to Bunker in the UK.
2.6Mbyte MPEG movie excerpt.
- Alias, Prelude (2003), Season 3, Episode 7
Sydney visits a doctor to seek help in recovering her
lost memory. The doctor explains to her the dangers
of the treatment and in doing so shows her a padded cell containing
a man with a strange scar on his head.
- Alias, Taken (2004), Season 3, Episode 16
A dangerous prisoner wearing a straitjacket and chains is
escorted onto a plane at the beginning of the show. He
escapes and crashes the plane.
- Allo Allo, Von Flockenstuffen In Command Season 7, TV-Series 1982-1992
General Von Klinkerhoffen has a mental breakdown
and is treated in the fruitcake ward while wearing a
straitjacket through out untill he is rescued.
- Avengers, You'll catch your death
Linda Thorson gets trussed-up in a standard white canvas lace-up straitjacket (its very loose
and baggy). She could have simply wriggled out of the shapeless thing!
- Birds of Prey Pilot, 1973
The straitjacket scene is at the end of the episode where the
captured villain is wearing a Posey straitjacket in a glass
chamber in Arkham asylum
- Banyon 1971
Robert Forster plays a
a private eye in the 30s.
One episode had him investigating evil doings at an asylum. He's
knocked out and comes to in a straitjacket in a padded cell
in a straitjacket. He manages to knock out a guard, flee the room, run
through a window and downtown. He eventually convinces a wino to unstrap
him. Lots of good shots of the jacket.
- The Beverly Hillbillies Season 9, Episode 10, 'Shorty to the Rescue', December 1, 1970
Jed wants to make a charitable donation,
which of course Mr. Drysdale opposes. He has Miss Hathaway tied up in a straitjacket
and gagged, and tells Jed that she's so opposed to the charity that she's had a
mental breakdown, and the only way to cure her is to cancel the donation.
- The Big House: Folsom, The History Channel
The episode shows in some detail one of the old
straitjackets from the prison. It's leather and canvas,
with internal sleeves, laces up the back, and a
heavy waist belt.
- The Bionic Woman (Lindsey Wagner)
Female wrestler in a front opening Melrose Straitjacket.
- Bizzare with John Byner
Showtime Network. It started with showing a
large padded cell. One by one, eight "patients" were
thrown into the cell, all wearing old style roller
buckle Posey straitjackets. The "patients" were in two
rows, four in each row and they started to struggle
with their straitjackets with a rhythmic music common on
aerobic shows that were popular at the time. A title
appeared on the screen, "Aerobics with the Disturbed
will not be seen tonight so that we may bring you
the following show..."
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Teacher's Pet" (first season)
A quote from the
futureslayers web site:
After talking to his strait-jacketed friend,
Giles confirms there is a
creature called a She-Mantis, who lures male
virgins to her nest.
- Carnivāle Lonnigan, Texas Season 1
The priest,Brother Justin, was being treated in a
asylum. A rather long scene where a doctor interview
him in a padded cell.
- Carnivāle Cheyenne, WY, Season 2
Scudder is captured in a straitjacket with a hood in the
middle of the show.
- Dark Angel, Love Among the Runes Season 2, Episode 20, (2002)
2 prisoners are in a prison at the beginning of
the show. One of them witness a strange ritual while
his roommate struggle in a straitjacket with gag.
- Dr. Who., The Sun Makers, November 26 through December 17, 1977 (Four parts)
Dr. Who and two others are in
straitjackets. Dr. Who gets out,
(as always) but it doesn't show him doing it.
- The Drew Carey Show Season finale
Drew is committed to an insane asylum and restrained in a Posey
straitjacket for most of the one hour episode.
- Due South Season One's "Hawk and Handsaw"
Starred Christopher George as an escape artist.
- Friday the 13th The Great Montarro episode.
- Home ImprovementOff-sides, Season 1, TV-Series 1991-1999
The family gets a baby sitter, Sir Larry Houdini, who
is a escapologist. He invites the children to tie him
up in a straitjacket with chains while explaining to them how he will
- Hornblower: Mutiny 2001, TV
Capt. James Sawyer has a mental breakdown. While he is
under arrest he is wearing a straitjacket.
- Happy Days
One episode features an appearance by the Amazing Randi.
The straitjacket scene has Ritchie going to his hotel room,
eventually he opens the curtains and you see a
straitjacketed Randi hanging upside down outside.
- I Spy
Both Culp and Cosby in straitjackets.
- The Incredible Hulk (Bill Bixby)
Bixby discovers foul play whilst
working in a mental hospital and ends up in an old style Posey,
strapped to a padded bed in a padded cell and fights like hell to get
- The Invisible Man, The Catevari (Season 1, Episode 2)
- The Jeffersons
Goerge goes to an instutition to make a delivery.
He's mistaken to be an inmate and ends up in a
straitjacket. Eventually Weezie comes to rescue him.
- Kids in the Hall (Canadian skit comedy show) episode that
contained a skit about
an escape artist who tried a straitjacket escape and was unable to
He ended up living in it, serving in WWII, and even starring in his
own early fifties sitcom - all in the straitjacket.
It was very funny as
most of their stuff is.
- Kindred: The Embraced Episode 3
- Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
Caine enters a mental institution and gets put
into a straitjacket.
Very nice shot of a straitjacket.
- MacGyver, A Prisoner of Conscience (1986), Season 1, Episode 20
MacGyver admitted himself into Russia asylum to
rescue a political figure. There are two (2) straitjacket scenes near the end
of the episode.
One in which the asylum head director is in a straitjacket when the patients
take over the facility.
someone being wrongly held in a mental hospital, gets knocked out and
comes round strapped to a bed in a straitjacket, but still manages
to knock the Doctor out by charging and knocking him over.
Great scene of Mannix (still straitjacketted) running through the hospital
- Medical Center
Dr. Joe Gannon commits himself into a private mental hospital to
investigate improper treatment of patients. He suspects that a female
patient has a brain tumor and tries to get help for her. His efforts
are seen as extreme behavior by the orderlies and is held in a choke
hold by one orderly as the other calls for a sedative and straitjacket.
When we next see Dr. Gannon he is in an unknown
straitjacket without crotch
strap or arm loops in a bed and is obviously drugged.
- Mission Impossible Martin Landau in what appears to be a
Magicians straitjacket from Human restraint in a jail cell with padding!
(Put the padding up, we don't want him to hurt himself).
- Nowhere Man Featured a Posey straitjacket.
- Monk, Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum (2002),Original Air Date: 9 August 2002 (Season 1, Episode 6)
The detective was having a mental breakdown and was
getting treatment at mental hospital where he suspect
a long forgotten death could be a unsolved murder.
His investigation eventually lead him to be lock up in
a padded cell in a straitjacket.
- Mr Terrific
- Outerlimits episode, "Ripper", starring
Cary Elwes as Jack. See jacket details on
The Straitjacket Floats,
A picture of the jacket. This image is NOT from the TV show.
Three large images from the show are at this
The Pretender NBC
- Poltergeist: The LegacyLives in the Balance (1997)
(not confirmed) A doctor was locked up in a padded cell
- The Practice, Evil/Doers (2002), Season 6, Episode 20
A Hannibal Lector wannabe is caught eating human
flesh but did he kill the victim? He is wearing a straitjacket
with a gag while being question by his lawyers.
- The Prisoner, Arrival: Episode 1.
In one of the corridors of the hospital, a door with a round
window catches the Prisoner's attention. Behind it he sees a long
passage filled with red light. Straitjacketed patients sit
motionlessly facing each other. The scene is immensely bizarre.
- Quantum Leap
- Remington Steele
Pierce Brosnan is straitjacketed.
- Sabrina, the Teenage WitchSabrina the Sandman (1999)
(not confirmed) the principal is strapped into a straitjacket
and dolly after counting too many peas?
One episode of the Canadian sketch
SCTV (1983-1984) included an adaption of HARVEY, purportedly
directed by Martin Scorcese. ( imdb.com
lists the directors as John Blanchard, George Bloomfield, & Jim Drake II.)
Martin Short plays the Jimmy Stewart character as a curly-haired Italian,
and the skit ends with him in a hospital in a Posey straitjacket,
as Harvey bursts in and blows away the doctors.
- 7 Days
Fran Parker (played by Jonathan LaPaglia) is in a straitjacket when he
goes undercover into a mental hospital.
- Saturday Night Live
- Simon and Simon Both brothers are in a private metal hospital
in the roller buckle Posey.
- Smallville Labyrinth
Story line at: http://smallville.wikia.com/wiki/Labyrinth
In addition to the straitjacket parts, the episode also has some good mental ward scenes.
- Stargate SG-1, The Broca Divide (1997), Season 1, Episode 5
A very short scene where the General was in a straitjacket after a
virus which make people go crazy got loose in
Stargate command center. (Not sure why, but ONLY the
general was placed in a straitjacket)
- Starsky and Hutch
- Sabrina The Teenage Witch Friday the 13th
The Aunts are explaining to Sabrina that once a year on
Friday The Thirteenth a witch may tell a mortal that she is a witch.
The scene then flashes back to when Hilda was dating Dr. Sigmund Freud and tells him that
she is a witch by zapping up the pocket he so liked. We then she Hilda being carted off
in what I believe is a Posey Straightjacket while the whole time she is telling Freud
that she is perfectly sane.
- Superman Jimmy Olsen is tricked into a
straitjacket by a circus escape
artist. Similar to the long sleeves
straitjacket but with rear buckles and
no crotch strap.
- 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
A TV-Series directed by Robert Berlinger and James Burrows (II).
On one episode of this sitcom, the character played by French Stewart is seen
straitjacketted and escapes offscreen.
- What the Butler Saw Director: Barry Davis, Writer: Joe Orton, (1987)
Basil Fawlty's wife Sybill looked pretty good in a straitjacket and stockings
in the TV-version of the
bizarre Joe Orton play 'What the Butler Saw'! Of course she wasn't playing
Sybill in this but another character who thought her husband (who ran an
asylum) was being unfaithful to her.
- Wild Wild West Robert Conrad gets put into a canvas
straitjacket and strung up upside down.
- X Files