Sudden Fear (RKO 1952, Joan Crawford, Jack Palance)

Sudden Fear Joan Crawford

In Sudden Fear a wealthy playwright (Joan Crawford) suspects her actor husband (Jack Palance) of having murderous designs on her fortune in this classic noir drama.

Palance makes contact with former gal pal Gloria Grahame and tells her of his marriage of convenience. They do some snooping and discover a will that leaves Crawford’s estate to a charity, and decide to act quickly. But Crawford, who works with a dictaphone, accidentally tapes their plotting and takes her defense into her own hands.

Disgusted with the roles Warners was giving her, Joan Crawford terminated her contract and worked on Sudden Fear for a percentage of the box office. It was a smash hit and reestablished her reputation.

Sudden Fear Jack Palance and Joan Crawford.

Jack Palance and Joan Crawford.

Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Actress: Joan Crawford; Best Supporting Actor: Jack Palance; Best Cinematography.

Cast: Joan Crawford. Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett, Mike Connors

Director: David Miller
Producer: Joseph Kaufman
Director of Photography: Charles Lang Jr.
Editor: Leon Barsha
Composer: Elmer Bernstein
Screenwriters: Lenore J. Coffee, Robert Smith
Art Director: Boris Leven

USA / RKO / 111 minutes / 1952

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