Sudden Fear

Sudden Fear
  • Wednesday June 20 | 7:00pm

Like many under recognized treasures, David Miller’s Sudden Fear fits into and defies different genres. Sudden Fear opens with heiress/playwright Myra Hudson (Joan Crawford) axing Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) from her latest Broadway production. In spite of this he contrives to woo and wed her. Lester’s pose as besotted husband is quickly revealed when his mercenary ex, Irene Neves (Gloria Grahame), shows up.

With the arrival of Grahame, the pleasures of Sudden Fear multiply further as a study of contrasting approaches to Golden Age screen acting. In the words of unimpeachable critic and Grahame acolyte Boyd McDonald, the actress had “the sullen, bored walk and talk of someone who can’t be shocked, isn’t afraid, and just doesn’t give a shit.”   Village Voice.

Sudden Fear

  • Director: David Miller
  • Year: 1952
  • Run Time: 100 mins
  • Country: USA