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Film-Noir | Thriller
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110 min
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7.5 / 10 
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Directors: David Miller [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra romancing her. Is he sincere, or does he have a dark ulterior motive? The answer brings on a game of cat and mouse; but who's the cat and who's the mouse?


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Excellent First Half

The wealthy playwright Myra Hudson (Joan Crawford) is the heiress of a great fortune. However she works and is donating part of her inheritance to foundations. When she watches the rehearsal of her play, she asks the director to replace the lead actor Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) that she believes is not adequate for the lead role. When she returns home, she meets Blane in the same train and they travel together. They stop in Chicago and soon Myra is seduced by him. They get married and live at Myra's home in San Francisco. Myra summons her lawyer Steve Kearney (Bruce Bennett) to change her will and transfer her fortune and properties to her beloved husband. She uses her Dictaphone to record the changes to be done in her will. However Steve will travel with his son Junior Kearney (Touch Conners) to Sacramento and they leave the room. Then Blaine and Junior's girlfriend Irene Neves (Gloria Grahame), who is his lover, come to the room to plot a scheme to kill Myra so that he will be the heir of her fortune. On the next morning, Myra learns that she has forgotten her Dictaphone on and when she will proceed to dictate her new will, she hears the conversation of her husband with Irene. What will she do now that she knows what are Blaine's real feelings and intention?

"Sudden Fear" is a suspenseful film-noir with excellent first half. The story of a wealthy spinster seduced by a crook is great until the moment that the lead character learns that he husband and his mistress are plotting to murder her. Her plan to save her life and get rid of them is also great. However her clumsy and moralist attitudes are terrible and reduces what could have been a little masterpiece to a good film-noir only. Joan Crawford has another magnificent performance. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Precipícios d'Alma" ("Precipices of the Soul")

Despite a slow start, an excellent film noir

Sudden Fear appealed to me right away as a fan of film-noir, classic film and thrillers. It does get off to a slow start with some uneventful storytelling and parts that could easily have been trimmed, but when it gets going it is just an excellent film, as a film-noir, thriller and a film in general, with a riveting and very suspenseful second half in particular.

The costumes and sets are sumptuous and the lighting gives the right amount of chills in the appropriate places. Visually, most impressive was the cinematography(nominated for an Oscar for a good reason), the film is just exquisitely shot and one of the best-looking film-noirs of the early 50s. The dream sequence and the whole second half, reminiscent of the ending of The Third Man, stood out in this regard. Elmer Bernstein's score is hauntingly dynamic and sends chills up the spine sometimes while the film also has a literate script that doesn't hesitate in making the characters interesting and expertly direction.

Joan Crawford is superb in the lead role, classic Crawford really and wholly deserving of the Oscar nomination, while Gloria Grahame lights up the screen in a deliciously sultry performance and Jack Palance- also nominated- shows very well early in his career how good he could be in sinister roles(he was also Oscar-nominated for Shane a year later, which I did admittedly did find a much better performance). All in all, starts slow but ends rivetingly, an excellent film noir with the cinematography being especially good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

Joan Crawford at her best.

If anyone has any doubt about Joan Crawford's greatness as an actor, then watch this movie. Her performance is sensational as the playwright who accidentally finds out that she is being set up. The story is compelling and conveys the sense of foreboding and suspense which grabs and keeps the audience's attention. Jack Palance gives a strong and convincing performance as a conman who marries Ms. Crawford. He is suave, urbane and sinister. Yet this movie is a Joan Crawford showcase. She is the center of the story and she succeeds in making this movie a most effective work of cinematic art. The cinematography is outstanding; it captures and conveys the sense of terror as the audience is taken on an emotional roller coaster ride toward a final, exciting conclusion.
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