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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)  »

Also Known As:

Ehe mit dem Satan  »

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Budget:

$720,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Marlon Brando was originally offered the role of Lester Blaine 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

Myra Hudson: Remember what Nietzsche says "Live dangerously!"
Lester Blaine: You know what happened to Nietzsche?
Myra Hudson: No, what?
Lester Blaine: He's dead.
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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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Edited into Mrs. Harris (2005) See more »

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Sudden Fear
Music by Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Irving Taylor (credit only)
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San Francisco melodrama starring Joan Crawford
17 September 2002 | by (Peoria, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Jack Palance has always looked a little maniacal and he plays it here. Just imagine seeing this one in the theater when it arrived on the scene in '52--suspense aplenty!

San Francisco is the backdrop for a mystery that builds until the very end. Joan Crawford is a wanted woman and doesn't crack too many smiles over the last 40 minutes of the picture.

The beauty of this film is its simplicity. There could have been a dozen different endings but this one works.

We won't talk plot--you'll just have it see it for yourself--you won't be disappointed.


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