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(1952)

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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.
Marlon Brando was originally offered the role of Lester Blaine
As the film's executive producer, Joan Crawford was heavily involved in all aspects of the production. She personally hired Lenore J. Coffee as the film's screenwriter, David Miller as director and suggested Elmer Bernstein as composer. She insisted on Charles Lang being hired as the film's cinematographer and personally cast Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame as her co-stars.
Joan Crawford originally wanted Clark Gable for the role of Lester Blane in the film. Jack Palance was cast instead.
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Elmer Bernstein reused portions of his musical score the following year in Robot Monster (1953).
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Virginia Huston who plays Myra's secretary Ann Taylor, also appeared as flighty socialite Annabelle Weldon opposite Joan Crawford' in Flamingo Road (1949).
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Jean Rogers screen tested for the second lead but lost the part to Gloria Grahame.
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RKO and the Mutual Broadcasting System teamed up to promote the film by sponsoring a contest in which listeners were urged to write in letters explaining what their first sudden fear was and how they overcame it. The top prize was a trip to Hollywood.
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Mike Connors first film role.
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Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) drives a 1952 Packard Convertible.
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Bruce Bennett, who plays lawyer Steve Kearney in this film, played Bert Pierce opposite Joan Crawford in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce.
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Joan Crawford wears 23 different costumes in Sudden Fear.
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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).
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Most of the film makes excellent use of actual San Francisco and Bay Area locations. However, the climactic ending scenes, where Lester chases Myra through the streets, were filmed in the Bunker Hill neighborhood of Los Angeles, starting at the point after Lester leaves Irene's Russian Hill apartment and gets in his car.
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