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Sudden Fear (1952)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Thriller | August 1952 (USA)
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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Junior Kearney (as Touch Conners)
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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:

Maskierte Herzen  »

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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

Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) drives a 1952 Packard Convertible. See more »

Goofs

When Myra is in Irene's apartment the first time, she is startled by the doorbell and cowers against the wall. The silhouette of a delivery man slips a flyer for "Fashions at the Fairmont" under the door, though a mail slot is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Lester Blaine: [Stopping short when he sees the drop alongside the steps 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 »

Connections

Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Sudden Fear
Music by Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Irving Taylor (credit only)
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I could break your bones!
11 June 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

In the film Jack Palance tells a woman during an embrace, "I could break your bones." And he means it romantically! That probably sums up the odd, entertaining, and off-beat nature of this movie. There is so much "eye-action" from Joan in this one that it's almost funny. Actually it is funny. Though Sudden Fear is not a comedy, it has moments that are truly hysterical in a "did they really just say that?" kind of way. Watch for the moments when Joan responds to overheard conversations, personal scheming, (or the voices in her head)with nothing but wide-eyed reaction shots. Joan is also a tremendously sympathetic character more so than in almost any other Crawford film I've ever seen (and I've seen almost all of them). I caught this film on TV one night and was utterly surprised at how entertaining it was. Not that I had low expectations but Sudden Fear wasn't a film I'd ever heard of. It was proof that there are lots of dark diamonds hidden out there. We all know about the "top 100" lists and the legendary films on them but there are gems worth watching that never got the attention they should have. I watched from beginning to end not knowing what to expect. Truly thrilling in places and just plain classic Crawford. Watch for the moment when Joan embraces her love interest Palance and asks, "I was just wondering what I'd done to deserve you."


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