Sudden Fear

Joan Crawford stars alongside noir mainstays Gloria Grahame and Jack Palance (both excellent) in this suspenseful, doomed love triangle directed by the relatively unheralded freelancer David Miller. Myra Hudson (Crawford, nominated for a third and final Academy Award) is a flourishing yet lonely Broadway playwright conducting auditions for her new work. Lester Blaine (Palance), a self-involved actor not up to Myra’s snuff, courts her on a cross-country train ride to San Francisco. The two marry, but when a considerable financial question looms, Lester hatches a plot with his scheming ex, Irene (Grahame), to get back at Myra. “With suspense screwed way beyond the sticking point, superb camerawork, and Crawford in nerve-janglingly extravagant form, it’s hugely enjoyable.”—Tom Milne, Time Out London.

Appears in: Bette & Joan

Genres: Film Noir