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Sudden Fear
     

Sudden Fear

Director: David Miller,

Cast: David Miller, Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame

 

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Joan Crawford stars as wealthy San Francisco heiress Myra Hudson, a successful playwright who meets Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) while casting her new play in New York. They meet again on the train ride back, fall in love and marry. Unknown to Myra, Lester is seeing mistress Irene Neves (Gloria Grahame), whom he still loves and has married only for her money. While

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Joan Crawford stars as wealthy San Francisco heiress Myra Hudson, a successful playwright who meets Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) while casting her new play in New York. They meet again on the train ride back, fall in love and marry. Unknown to Myra, Lester is seeing mistress Irene Neves (Gloria Grahame), whom he still loves and has married only for her money. While looking through her study, Irene and Lester learn that Myra has made a will leaving only $10,000 a year to Lester (though if he remarries following her death he receives nothing). Seeing that the will has not yet taken effect, they plot to kill Myra without noticing that Myra's dictating machine is on and recording their conversation. After listening to the conversation and spending a sleepless night, Myra goes to Irene's apartment and steals a gun. Irene then lures Lester to the apartment, intending to kill him. Losing her nerve, she flees the apartment with Lester chasing her. The film has an exciting and surprising climax as all meet unexpectedly during the chase. Joan Crawford gives a fine, if melodramatic performance, and Jack Palance is amazingly effective playing against type as a leading man. Despite a slow start, this is a fine suspense thriller that earned Oscar nominations for Joan Crawford and Jack Palance and a nomination for Charles B. Lang Jr. for his striking black and white photography.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Featuring Joan Crawford at her grande dame victim-turned-avenger best, Sudden Fear (1952) pits Crawford's playwright/heiress Myra against fortune-hunting husband Lester and his equally greedy girlfriend Irene. Featuring gaunt yet imposing newcomer Jack Palance as Myra's scheming spouse, Lester is already a quietly threatening presence even before Myra accidentally discovers his plans and her tony San Francisco house becomes enshrouded in cinematographer Charles Lang Jr.'s film noir shadows. Crawford's Myra may momentarily wilt with grief and terror over Lester's treachery, but she plans her revenge with a force that more than matches rival Gloria Grahame's venal brassiness. Letting Crawford play it both ways while upping the suspense, director David Miller shows Myra systematically enacting her lethal plot in her mind before she attempts to execute the real thing and rediscovers her emotional conscience. Retreating to the titular sensation, Crawford still injects that terror with her formidable will during the climactic nocturnal chase through the slick streets. A triumphant hit for Crawford, Sudden Fear garnered Oscar nominations for Best Actress, Supporting Actor, Cinematography and Costumes; the sizzling Grahame was recognized by the Academy for her supporting turn in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) instead.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2016
UPC:
0741952828297
Original Release:
1952
Source:
Cohen Media Group
Sales rank:
1,079

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Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Myra Hudson
Jack Palance Lester Blaine
Gloria Grahame Irene Neves
Bruce Bennett Steve Kearney
Virginia Huston Ann Taylor
Touch (Mike) Connors Junior Kearney

Technical Credits
David Miller Director
Edwin Allen Makeup
Arthur Altman Songwriter
Leon Barsha Editor
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Lenore J. Coffee Screenwriter
Joseph Kaufman Producer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Boris Leven Art Director
Josef Norin Makeup
Sheila O'Brien Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Smith Screenwriter
Irving Taylor Songwriter

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