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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 30, 1999
- Originally Released: 1952
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Joan Crawford, Jack Palance & Gloria Grahame|
|Performer:||Bruce Bennett, Virginia Huston & Mike Connors|
|Directed by||David Miller|
|Edited by||Leon Barsha|
|Screenplay by||Lenore Coffee & Robert Smith|
|Composition by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Art Direction by||Boris Leven|
|Director of Photography:||Charles Lang|
"...[A] lush noir thriller..."
"...[Crawford's] best '50s movie aside from JOHNNY GUITAR..."
"...Tip-top film noir..." -- Rating: A-
Description by OLDIES.com:
On a train headed home to California, Myra Hudson (Crawford) falls in love with, and marries, actor Lester Blaine (Jack Palance), whom she has just fired from her most recent New York play. Back on her San Francisco estate, something evil appears to be lurking beneath the surface of the couple's "idyllic" life. Enter Gloria Grahame as Palance's girlfriend (in a stunning performance The New York Times called "hard, brash and sexy"). Soon it is clear they are after more than new scripts as they greedily scheme for Myra's money.
Director David Miller (Lonely Are the Brave, 1962) guides the story with supreme confidence, assisted by gorgeous black and white cinematography and an excellent score by Elmer Bernstein, as Sudden Fear races toward its jolting climax.
Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Joan Crawford) and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Palance), Sudden Fear is the unbeatable combination of a lushly produced Joan Crawford melodrama and a drop-dead suspense thriller.
So, using the imagination of a skilled dramatist, Myra devises her own devilish plan to get back at Lester.
- Additional credits: Ralph Hoge (2U director); Jane Gorton (hair); and Consolidated Film Industries (optical effects).
- Joan Crawford's gowns designed by Sheila O'Brien; furs by Al Teitelbaum; lingerie and hostess gowns by Tula; hats by Rex, Inc., and jewels by Ruser.
- "Afraid" composed by Elmer Bernstein and Jack Brooks.
- "Sudden Fear" composed by Irving Taylor and Arthur Altman.
- Copyright 1952 Joseph Kaufman Productions, Inc.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
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