Sudden Fear

Sudden Fear

Director: David Miller

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

     
 

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David Miller's psychological thriller Sudden Fear comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Although there are no special features on this disc, Joan Crawford fans will find herSee more details below

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David Miller's psychological thriller Sudden Fear comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Although there are no special features on this disc, Joan Crawford fans will find her performance special enough to warrant giving this DVD a look.

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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:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0738329011529
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
25,310

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Cast & Crew

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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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [1:34]
2. Rehearsal [4:24]
3. Westward by Rail [9:33]
4. Homecoming and Courtship [6:18]
5. Lester's Withdrawal [3:58]
6. Newlyweds [4:11]
7. An Unexpected Reunion [8:32]
8. Myra's New Will [4:28]
9. The Dictaphone's Secret [7:17]
10. Waking Nightmare [7:16]
11. A Plot of Her Own [6:13]
12. Clandestine Maneuvers [10:19]
13. "It's got to be tonight" [12:06]
14. Timetable for Murder [9:22]
15. A Crisis of Fear [7:14]
16. Giving Chase [6:03]
17. The Survivor [2:02]

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