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Sudden Fear (1952)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 24 October 1952 (Italy)
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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.

Director:

David Miller

Writers:

Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee), Robert Smith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Myra Hudson Blaine
Jack Palance ... Lester Blaine
Gloria Grahame ... Irene Neves
Bruce Bennett ... Steve Kearney
Virginia Huston ... Ann Taylor
Mike Connors ... 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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Trivia

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. 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

Myra Hudson: [to Lester] I haven't even got my lipstick on! A woman has to wear lipstick. I'd feel positively naked without it!
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The previous 1999 DVD release was slightly altered. The sudden fear sequence eliminates only about 8 seconds but noteworthy ones, showing Joan Crawford's falling from a building, and being smothered by the Jack Palance character. These have been restored in the new 2016 Cohen Media Group blu-ray release. See more »

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Featured in La noche de...: Negociador (2016) See more »

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Afraid
by Elmer Bernstein and Jack Brooks
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Joan and Jack are an impressive duo...good suspense...
24 June 2001 | by DoylenfSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1952 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$720,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,126, 14 August 2016

Gross USA:

$24,476

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,476
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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