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Sudden Fear (1952)

 -  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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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>

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August 1952 (USA)  »

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Ehe mit dem Satan  »

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$720,000 (estimated)
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Joan Crawford originally wanted Clark Gable for the role of Lester Blane in the film. Jack Palance was cast instead. See more »

Goofs

When Junior brings Irene to her apartment and refuses to leave, she tries twice to close the door. Each time, a stagehand's hand can be seen reaching for the knob from out in the hall, a common practice on stage sets if a door doesn't latch properly or stay closed. 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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One of the few films with an itemized credits listing for each wardrobe category designer. See more »

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Referenced in Michael, Angelo and David (1976) See more »

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Afraid
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Jack Brooks (credit only)
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Women's Picture Meets Film Noir
6 February 2002 | by (Taylor, Michigan) – See all my reviews

Film Noir was never more suspenseful and energetic than in this, a wonderful movie. The best reason to see this film is for one of the three principals, either Jack Palance, whose portrayal of a murderous actor husband is great, Gloria Grahame's role as a sultry other woman conspiring with Palance to murder his wife is deftly played, and the best of all is Joan Crawford, who steals every scene and gives a greatly emotional and wholly impeccable performance as the wealthy playwright wife to Jack Palance and would-be murder victim. If this movie ever shows up, DON'T miss it. You'll be quite sorry, for this is a brilliant motion picture.


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