Sudden Fear 1952-Joan Crawford

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Sudden Fear (1952)

Director: David Miller

Writers: Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee), Robert Smith (screenplay) |1 more credit »

Stars: Joan CrawfordJack PalanceGloria Grahame | See full cast & crew »

Joan Crawford

Because of Joan Crawford’s involvement as a producer on this film (and her financial interest in it) when this proved to be a surprise box office hit, it was Joan Crawford’s highest-paid movie role until she made What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, (1962) a decade later.
At the time she made this film, Joan Crawford had recently been released from a long-term contract with Warner Brothers and, like many of her contemporaries, was struggling to keep her movie career alive. She was savvy enough to recognize the potential of this material, and played a major role in shepherding it to the screen. When her instincts proved right and Sudden Fear (1952) became her biggest box office hit in years, Crawford was rewarded for her efforts.

As the film’s executive producer, Joan Crawford was heavily involved in all aspects of the production. She personally hired Lenore J. Coffee as the film’s screenwriter, David Miller as director and suggested Elmer Bernstein as composer. She insisted on Charles Lang being hired as the film’s cinematographer and personally cast Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame as her co-stars.
Joan Crawford originally wanted Clark Gable for the role of Lester Blane in the film. Jack Palance was cast instead.
Joan Crawford has 23 different costume changes all of which were designed by Sheila O’Brien.
On the train, Lester tells Myra he was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent some of his early years as a coal miner. In real life, Jack Palance was born in Lattimer, Pennsylvania in the eastern part of the state, but he did follow his father into the anthracite coal mines for a time in his youth. Lester also mentions he was in the Army during WWII. Palance was in the U.S. Army Air Force during the war.

Sudden Fear (1952): Myra’s Plan

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 wrong…by 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? Written by Rod Crawford
Bruce Bennett, who plays lawyer Steve Kearney in this film, played Bert Pierce opposite Joan Crawford in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce (1945). Imbd.

Edited by: EZorrilla.

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