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Sudden Fear (1952)

Approved  |   |  Film-Noir, Thriller  |  August 1952 (USA)
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After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.

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Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong...by romancing her. Is he sincere, or does he have a dark ulterior motive? The answer brings on a game of cat and mouse; but who's the cat and who's the mouse? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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August 1952 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$720,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Joan Crawford originally wanted Clark Gable for the role of Lester Blane in the film. Jack Palance was cast instead. See more »

Goofs

During the critical "clock pendulum" planning scene. The visible clock and the phony "shadow strike across the chest" shadows are a significantly differently tempo than the real clock. The shadow shadow clock moves twice as face. See more »

Quotes

Lester Blaine: Why are you looking at me like that?
Myra Hudson: [Ambiguously] I was jusy wondering what I've done to deserve you.
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Crazy Credits

One of the few films with an itemized credits listing for each wardrobe category designer. See more »

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Referenced in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) See more »

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Afraid
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Jack Brooks (credit only)
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I could break your bones!
11 June 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

In the film Jack Palance tells a woman during an embrace, "I could break your bones." And he means it romantically! That probably sums up the odd, entertaining, and off-beat nature of this movie. There is so much "eye-action" from Joan in this one that it's almost funny. Actually it is funny. Though Sudden Fear is not a comedy, it has moments that are truly hysterical in a "did they really just say that?" kind of way. Watch for the moments when Joan responds to overheard conversations, personal scheming, (or the voices in her head)with nothing but wide-eyed reaction shots. Joan is also a tremendously sympathetic character more so than in almost any other Crawford film I've ever seen (and I've seen almost all of them). I caught this film on TV one night and was utterly surprised at how entertaining it was. Not that I had low expectations but Sudden Fear wasn't a film I'd ever heard of. It was proof that there are lots of dark diamonds hidden out there. We all know about the "top 100" lists and the legendary films on them but there are gems worth watching that never got the attention they should have. I watched from beginning to end not knowing what to expect. Truly thrilling in places and just plain classic Crawford. Watch for the moment when Joan embraces her love interest Palance and asks, "I was just wondering what I'd done to deserve you."


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