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About the Movie
In this rediscovered masterpiece of film noir, Joan Crawford plays a successful playwright who marries a mediocre actor (Jack Palance) with a troubling secret. She soon discovers that he not only married her for money but that he plans to murder her with the help of his lover (Gloria Grahame). Nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Actress (Crawford), Best Supporting Actor (Palance) and Best Black & White Cinematography (Charles Lang Jr.), this taut thriller also features a score by Elmer Bernstein that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 7
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Like many underrecognized treasures, David Miller's Sudden Fear fits into and defies different genres, its convention-scrambling partly the result of the fact that the film looks both forward and back.
They don't make movies like this anymore!
Old is not always gold
So melodramatic! Joan Crawford's schlocky reputation is well deserved. She is super melodramatic in a typical 50's Hollywood kind of way. Jack Palance whom I really like, is completely miscast in the part. The movie is more melodrama than noir. Only for die hard kitsch melodrama lovers!
A Top Shelf thriller-
Joan Crawford was great in this thriller. SHE is the targeted victim, going thrrough many emotions and she plays them to The Hilt. She plays a convincing role-a smart, well educated and wealthy woman with a career. She also is the sole heiress of her late father's estate. Then she meets the perfect man, and her honest devotion towards him is generous in spirit. He can do no wrong....or so she thinks. This had me on the edge of my seat with surprises right up to the end. The storyline has been played countless times before- but not like this.
- Genre: Thriller
- Released: 1952
- © 1952 Joseph Kaufman Productions, Inc. and Cohen Media Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved.