Sudden Fear is a suspense drama tailored for Joan Crawford. It allows the actress to experience a familiar gamut of emotions, encompassing ecstatic love, fear, hate and revenge. It is essentially a routine chiller [from a story by Edna Sherry], replete with more or less clever gimmicks, but mounted handsomely.

Sudden Fear is a suspense drama tailored for Joan Crawford. It allows the actress to experience a familiar gamut of emotions, encompassing ecstatic love, fear, hate and revenge. It is essentially a routine chiller [from a story by Edna Sherry], replete with more or less clever gimmicks, but mounted handsomely.

Crawford is presented as a playwright-heiress. Eminently successful at her craft, she falls in love and marries an actor whom she had considered unsuited for the lead in her play. The union is idyllic until she discovers accidentally, via a dictating machine, that her husband had only married her for her money and with the aid of an old flame is planning her murder.

Crawford scores in this type of role.

Sudden Fear

Production

RKO. Director David Miller; Producer Joseph Kaufman; Screenplay Lenore Coffee, Robert Smith; Camera Charles Lang Jr; Editor Leon Barsha; Music Elmer Bernstein; Art Director Boris Leven

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Joan Crawford Jack Palance Gloria Grahame Bruce Bennett Virginia Huston Touch Connors
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