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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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Irene Neves
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Ann Taylor
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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)  »

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Maskierte Herzen  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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This film's initial television presentation took place in New York City 7 February 1958 on The Late Show on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by San Francisco Friday 7 March 1958 on the Major Movie on KRON (Channel 4), and by Los Angeles Saturday 12 April 1958 on the Fabulous 52 on KNXT (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

When Lester lights Myra's cigarette on the train, there is already lipstick on the end she puts in her mouth. See more »

Quotes

Lester Blaine: Why do you look at me like that?
Myra Hudson: [Ambiguously] I was just wondering what I'd done to deserve you.
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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 Feud: Pilot (2017) See more »

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Afraid
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Jack Brooks (credit only)
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I know a way..I know a way...I know a way...I know....
9 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Sudden fear" is everything a good thriller should be.An inventive use of the recorder (an antique today!);The "revenge is a dish best eaten cold" subject masterfully treated;The "flashforwards" in the conditional tense -the "accidents" ,"Irene's schedule"-;the things which seem banal and which play a prominent part in the story:the clock,the wind-up toy,the mirror,all contributes to building a film full of suspense .The three leads ,Joan Crawford , a wealthy lady getting old and thinking she 's found true love,Jack Palance ,not the romantic lead of her play but a disturbing character ,and Gloria Grahame at her bitchiest are terrific.

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