Sudden Fear (1952)

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After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.




  • Joan Crawford and Jack Palance in Sudden Fear (1952)
  • Jack Palance in Sudden Fear (1952)
  • Joan Crawford in Sudden Fear (1952)
  • Joan Crawford in Sudden Fear (1952)
  • Joan Crawford in Sudden Fear (1952)
  • Jack Palance in Sudden Fear (1952)

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9 September 2007 | dbdumonteil
I know a way..I know a way...I know a way...I know....
"Sudden fear" is everything a good thriller should be.An inventive use of the recorder (an antique today!);The "revenge is a dish best eaten cold" subject masterfully treated;The "flashforwards" in the conditional tense -the "accidents" ,"Irene's schedule"-;the things which seem banal and which play a prominent part in the story:the clock,the wind-up toy,the mirror,all contributes to building a film full of suspense .The three leads ,Joan Crawford , a wealthy lady getting old and thinking she 's found true love,Jack Palance ,not the romantic lead of her play but a disturbing character ,and Gloria Grahame at her bitchiest are terrific.

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Box Office


$720,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,126 14 August 2016

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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