Sudden Fear ★★★½

Joan Crawford received her third Best Actress Academy Award Nomination for this well-made vehicle, while co-star Jack Palance was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Rich, mature Crawford marries the young and charming, if rather unattractive, Palance. Accidentally, she learns that her seemingly loving husband and his lover (Gloria Graham) are plotting to murder her. After a night filled with shock and fear, she plots revenge. An impressive scene showcases Crawford’s ability to wordlessly express these raging emotions. Another in a fine series of films Crawford made in the decade (1945-1954) after departing MGM and going to Warner Bros.