Joan Crawford received her last Oscar nomination for playing Myra Hudson, a playwright, in Sudden Fear.
Sudden Fear is a very entertaining thriller, and all thanks goes to Joan Crawford.
Myra Hudson is a successful playwright, when she meets a struggling actor Lester Baine (Jack Palance). He wants to be in her upcoming play, but she thinks he has no talent. Soon, the two meet up again on a train, and they she immediately falls for him, and they marry. Soon, though, Myra learns after one thing...and it's not her love.
Joan probably gives her toughest performance here as well. It's her responsibility to sell you on this story, to make you believe that she is being the victim of an elaborate scheme.
She appears romantic and happy with her life in the beginning, and as the story sets in motion, her insecurities, and "sudden fear" is more realized, much to the power of Joan's acting ability. What surprised me most was how many witty lines she got perfect.
Once she becomes more paranoid and frightened, Crawford always keeps it down, instead of going completely over the top with her fear. I especially liked how much energy was thrown into her more "smart" scenes.
As I said in my review of Crawford in Mildred Pierce, whenever she gets a tough woman to play, Joan nails it. And this is no exception. She gets why her character would be with this unattractive and mysterious actor, and never makes Myra seem like a complete idiot even when the script wants her to be. Might be her best performance...