18 June 2024
Sudden Fear (1952)
110 min.
Directed by David Miller.
With Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett, Virginia Huston, Touch Connors.
Nominated for an Academy Award here, Joan Crawford is excellent as Myra Hudson, a playwright who marries a younger man with plans to kill her for his inheritance.

When Myra finds out about the scheme, she uses her writing skills to concoct a plan to save herself.

But can her literary skills save her life?

Jack Palance is perfectly menacing as the husband, in a film which doesn't wimp out the way Hitchcock's Suspicion did.

Among the many assets here are a jazzy score by Elmer Bernstein and the beautiful location shots in San Francisco.

An edge-of-your-seat thriller and a good warm-up for the types of movies Crawford would end up making in the twilight of her long career.

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