MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 22,422 this week

Sudden Fear (1952)

 -  Film-Noir | Thriller  -  August 1952 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 2,373 users  
Reviews: 58 user | 18 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 18 Jul 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 18 Dec 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 28 Dec 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 12 May 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Sudden Fear" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sudden Fear (1952)

Sudden Fear (1952) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sudden Fear.
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Possessed (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A dazed woman walks the streets of Los Angeles looking for a man named David. After collapsing in a diner, she's taken to the psychiatric ward of a nearby hospital. Flashbacks reveal her ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey
Queen Bee (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young woman arrives at the home of her socialite cousin, and soon finds herself sucked into the woman's complex web of deceit.

Director: Ranald MacDougall
Stars: Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but cannot seem to win the approval of her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott
Humoresque (1946)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant
Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Commercial artist Daisy Kenyon is involved with married lawyer Dan O'Mara, and hopes someday to marry him, if he ever divorces his wife Lucille. She meets returning veteran Peter, a decent ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda
Autumn Leaves (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary existence changes when she encounters Burt Hansen a charismatic younger man. As ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, Vera Miles
Torch Song (1953)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Gig Young
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Congresswoman Agatha Reed returns to her alma mater for homecoming, although she's more interested in renewing her romance with an old flame who's now the college president. Their attempts ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Young, Frank Lovejoy
Certificate: Passed Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Eighteen-year-old Esther has been deaf and blind since the accident which killed her mother. Wealthy Margaret Landi, a native of Esther's village in Ireland, is talked into helping to ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller
Stars: Joan Crawford, Heather Sears, Rossano Brazzi
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An expose of the lives and loves of Madison Avenue working girls and their higher ups.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Moving into a beach house involves Lynn Markham in mystery, danger, and romance with a beach boy of dubious motives.

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Virginia Huston ...
...
Junior Kearney (as Touch Conners)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Every Suspenseful Moment...Every Embrace...Every Kiss - A Breathtaking Experience! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

August 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ehe mit dem Satan  »

Box Office

Budget:

$720,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Marlon Brando was originally offered the role of Lester Blaine See more »

Goofs

After Lester puts down Irene's telephone, he calls out her name three times but the second we hear her name, his lips don't move at all. See more »

Quotes

[after being rejected for a romantic role because of his looks]
Lester Blaine: Miss Hudson, in your own native city of San Francisco, there's an art gallery in the Legion of Honor in which there's an oil painting of Casanova. It's quite obvious that you have never seen this painting. For your information, Miss Hudson, this is what Casanova looked like. He had big ears, a scar over one eye, a broken nose, and a wart on his chin, right here. I suggest, Miss Hudson, that when you return to San Francisco, you ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Edited into Mrs. Harris (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Sudden Fear
Music by Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Irving Taylor (credit only)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Joan and Jack are an impressive duo...good suspense...
24 June 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Joan Crawford is a playwright who marries Jack Palance and then realizes he is planning to kill her. The formula works this time, thanks largely to the impressive acting of both Crawford and her leading man, Jack Palance. Gloria Grahame is the "other woman" (as usual) and plays an important part in the plot twist that provides a surprise ending.

Nail biting suspense, this is a film noirish kind of thriller that goes into full gear once Crawford learns her marriage is a mistake. Both Joan and Bette Davis (real-life rivals) were nominated for Best Actress Oscars when this was released (Davis for 'The Star') but they both lost to Shirley Booth (for 'Come Back, Little Sheba').

A good, crisp, no-nonsense thriller that showed us how good Jack Palance was in sinister roles.


22 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Any one else think that this is one of of the most bethepinkdrink
come out in region 2! chrisreno181
Houses on clifftop neilpmckenna
The white Scarves joang863
Location, not SF, the vacation home on the water hermanotorres
joan rawshanks in the fog negativenegative
Discuss Sudden Fear (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?