Sudden Fear

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Following a whirlwind courtship, acclaimed playwright Myra Hudson (Joan Crawford) marries Lester Blaine (Jack Palance), a slick actor she has just fired from her latest play. Shortly after the honeymoon, Myra overhears Lester and his lover, Irene (Gloria Grahame), plotting to murder the wealthy writer for her inheritance. Shattered by the revelation, Myra pulls herself together and hatches a revenge scheme. But can she go through with her violent plans?

Cast & Crew

Joan Crawford
Myra Hudson
Jack Palance
Lester Blaine
Bruce Bennett
Steve Kearney
Mike Connors
Junior Kearney
David Miller
Director
Robert Smith
Writer (Screenplay)
Lenore J. Coffee
Writer (Screenplay)
Charles Lang
Cinematographer
Leon Barsha
Film Editor
Boris Leven
Art Director
Edward G. Boyle
Set Decoration
Elmer Bernstein
Original Music
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Critic Reviews for Sudden Fear

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Audience Reviews for Sudden Fear

  • Feb 03, 2019
    This little Noir gem should not be missed if you're into the genre. Beautifully shot and directed and perfect casting. Only Robert Ryan might have been suited for the role played by Jack Palance. Joan Crawford was rightly nominated for best female actor. And, Gloria Grahame's sole imperfection is that she didn't get more screen time.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2014
    Crawford and Palance have an art in presenting us with the very best of mystery of suspense and they don't let us down here. The action is fabulous and the climax fantastic.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2012
    "Sudden Fear" is not much more than an ordinary thriller, but it is directed and acted so perfectly that it is uniquely gripping and satisfying. Its stars, Joan Crawford and an alarmingly young and studly Jack Palance, both won Oscar nominations for their work in the film. Not many thrillers can say that. Director David Miller may have had a lackluster career overall, but he was in top form here. Crawford plays a highly successful playwright, Palance a struggling actor trying to get a part in one of her plays. The two eventually fall in love, marry, and move to her native San Francisco, despite a fairly significant age difference. The movie plays like a delightful love story until a shocking turning point morphs it suddenly into a film noir. I won't reveal the details and ruin the surprise. I'll just say that you'll be on the edge of your seat every minute, and the emotional shock that Crawford's character undergoes you will feel deeply.
    William D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2010
    crazy crawford vehicle that verges on camp at times but hang in there for the explosive climax!! also featuring sleazy jack palance and gloria grahame. good stuff
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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