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


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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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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Jack Palance, Joan Crawford and Gloria Grahame did not get along and got into a physical altercation at one point during the filming. The fight started after Grahame sat on the edge of the set during one of Crawford's close-ups and very loudly sucked a lollipop in an attempt to anger Crawford. It worked, and Palance noted that the all male crew watched the fight for a few moments rather curiously before stepping in to break it up. 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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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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