Sudden Fear
Sudden Fear (1952)

Joan Crawford portrays a successful, independently wealthy playwright who fires struggling actor Jack Palance from her latest production. Eventually she and Palance kiss and kiss and kiss and make up, which leads to marriage. One day,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 6, 1952
DVD Release Date: October 12, 1999
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

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.

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Cole Smithey

Joan Crawford is great in this noir thriller.

Sean Axmaker

Director David Miller showcases the San Francisco locations (and the Bunker Hill neighborhood in Los Angeles, with its steep staircases doubling for SF) to great effect. The moody B&W cinematography by Charles Lang takes on an inky beauty...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The suspense is marred by plot devices that don't hold up to further scrutiny.

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Emanuel Levy

Joan Crawford won her third and last Oscar nomination for this well executed noir thriller, featuring Jack Palance in a scary performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
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… More
Aj V
I really want to see this movie again, I can't remember why I liked it so much!
William Dunmyer
"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… More
Ken Stachnik
Jack Palance steals the show in this intrestingly shot thriller
Veronique Kwak
poetic justice is a common term in ancient greek drama as ""virtue is ultimately rewarded or vice punished, often in modern literature by an ironic… More
jay nixon
melodramatic but its is joan after all so you know that going in