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Sudden Fear ()


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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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  • Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
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Myra Hudson
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Lester Blaine
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Irene Neves
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Steve Kearney
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Ann Taylor
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Junior Kearney (as Touch Conners)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rodney Bell ...
Aggressive Drunk on Street (uncredited)
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Julius - the Butler (uncredited)
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Eve Ralston (uncredited)
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Reception Guest (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Reception Guest (uncredited)
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Scott Martindale (uncredited)
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Dr. Van Roan (uncredited)
Lewis Martin ...
Bill - the Play Director (uncredited)
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Reception Guest (uncredited)
Ewing Mitchell ...
Bridge Party Guest (uncredited)
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George Ralston (uncredited)
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Opera Patron (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ...
Reception Guest (uncredited)
Rodna Walls ...
Zephyrette (uncredited)

Directed by

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David Miller

Written by

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Lenore J. Coffee ... (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) and
Robert Smith ... (screenplay)
 
Edna Sherry ... (novel)
 
Joan Crawford ... (collaborating writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Joe Kaufmann ... producer (as Joseph Kaufman)
Joan Crawford ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Elmer Bernstein

Cinematography by

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Charles Lang ... director of photography (as Charles B. Lang Jr.)

Film Editing by

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Leon Barsha

Art Direction by

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Boris Leven

Set Decoration by

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Edward G. Boyle

Costume Design by

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Howard Greer ... (lingerie)
Sheila O'Brien

Makeup Department

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Edwin Allen ... makeup artist: Miss Crawford
Jane Gorton ... hair stylist
Josef Norin ... makeup artist: Mr. Palance

Production Management

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Henry Spitz ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ralph Hoge ... second unit director
Ivan Volkman ... assistant director
Leonard Kunody ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Joe LaBella ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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T.A. Carman ... sound
Howard Wilson ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

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Wallace Chewning ... camera operator (uncredited)
Loyal Griggs ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Frank Tanner ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elva Martien ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Rose Rockney ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Frank Tait ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Elmer Bernstein ... music director

Other crew

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Al Teitelbaum ... furrier
B.C. Wylie ... production assistant
Bobbie Sierks ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Every Suspenseful Moment...Every Embrace...Every Kiss - A Breathtaking Experience! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le masque arraché (France)
  • Maskierte Herzen (Germany)
  • Miedo súbito (Spain)
  • Eiskalte Rache (West Germany)
  • Miedo súbito (Argentina)
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  • 110 min
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Budget $720,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 After Lester puts down Irene's telephone, he calls out her name three times but on the second, his lips don't move at all. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Mrs. Harris (2005). See more »
Soundtracks Afraid See more »
Crazy Credits One of the few films with an itemized credits listing for each wardrobe category designer. 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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