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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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Ehe mit dem Satan  »

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Budget:

$720,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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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

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

Lester Blaine: [Stopping short when he sees the drop alongside the staeps of the summer house] Whoa...!
Myra Hudson: What's the matter, Darling?
Lester Blaine: [Frightened] It's a precipice!
Myra Hudson: [laughs] I've been running up and down these steps ever since I was twelve.
Lester Blaine: Don't you ever do it again!
Myra Hudson: Why not? Remember what Nietzsche said: Live dangerously!
Lester Blaine: You know what happened to Nietzsche?
Myra Hudson: What?
Lester Blaine: He's dead!
Myra Hudson: [laughs]
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Crazy Credits

The camera stays on an ornate pendulum clock, ticking time away as the credits appear. See more »

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

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Sudden Fear
Music by Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Irving Taylor (credit only)
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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.


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