Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Sudden Fear Main Title. Type over a clock.
This week’s mystery movie was the 1952 RKO film Sudden Fear, with Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett, Virginia Huston and Touch (Mike) Conners.

harrisonsreports00harr_0_0140Screenplay by Lenore Coffee and Robert Smith. Based on Edna Sherry’s story Sudden Fear.

Music composed and directed by Elmer Bernstein. Afraid by Elmer Bernstein and Jack Brooks. Sudden Fear by Irving Taylor and Arthur Altman.

Photography by Charles B. Lang Jr. Edited by Leon Barsha. Art direction by Boris Leven.

Second unit director Ralph Hoge.

Assistant director Ivan Volkman.

Set decorations by Edward G. Boyle. Production supervisor Henry Spitz. Production assistant B.C. Wylie.

Miss Crawford’s makeup by Edwin Allen. Mr. Palance’s makeup by Josef Norin. Hairstyles by Jane Gorton. Sound by T.A. Carman and Howard Wilson. Optical effects by Consolidated Film Industries.

Miss Crawford’s gowns by Sheila O’Brien. Furs by Al Teitelbaum. Lingerie and hostess gowns by Tula. Hats by Rex. Jewels by Ruser.

Produced by Joseph Kaufman.

Directed by David Miller.

More on the history of Sudden Fear is available from the AFI catalog.

Sudden Fear is available on DVD from Critics’ Choice Videos.

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I picked Sudden Fear somewhat at random, mostly because it received good reviews and has only aired three times on TCM. The most interesting mystery was Monday’s guest, who is most likely Robert Lee Goodwin, based on a reverse image search. Monday’s fellow has a fair amount of solo screen time, some lines and gets some closeups. But he isn’t mentioned anywhere.

Goodwin, if it is Goodwin, had an interesting life and worked as a writer, actor and director, though none of his credits is this early. His 1983 obituary calls him one of the first Black TV writers, having sold two scripts to Bonanza in 1965. Black Chariot, written, produced and directed by Goodwin, will be shown by the Motion Picture Academy Museum on Sept. 29, 2022.

I’m going to guess Bosley Crowther did not approve of Sudden Fear. Or fobbed it off on one of the alphabet critics.

A.W. (possibly Abe Weiler) said (New York Times, Aug. 8, 1952):

Since she is an actress who is sturdy enough to bear the weight of an unsensational yarn, Joan Crawford should be credited with a truly professional performance in Sudden Fear, which came to Loew’s State yesterday. in this romantic suspense story, Miss Crawford, playing a rich, successful playwright, who gives her heart and hand to the wrong actor, does notably well in an exercise which involves practically all the emotions. Sudden Fear is a polished vehicle for her talents but it contains nothing that is strikingly surprising.

Aug. 15, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Monday, we have a mystery guest.

Update: This is possibly Robert Lee Goodwin.

A mystery man in formal dress next to a plant on a pedestal
For Tuesday, we have a mystery guest.

Update: This is George Chan.

Mystery man in glasses and bow tie. How about them cufflinks?
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have two photos with Back of the Head Persons. Here’s photo No. 1 with Mystery Bow Tie Guy and two Back of the Head Persons.

Update: This is Taylor Holmes, with Joan Crawford and Lewis Martin as Back of the Head Persons.

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Then we have Mystery Necktie Guy with two Back of the Head Persons.

Update: This is the Lewis Martin, with Taylor Holmes and Joan Crawford as Back of the Head Persons.

Elegantly dressed man and woman in a library
For “Aha Thursday, we have two mystery persons and Back of the Head Woman.

Update: This is Virginia Huston and Mike (Touch) Connors with Joan Crawford as Back of the Head Woman.

Man in suit sitting on desk. The man is sitting on the desk, the suit isn't. Well, it sort of is, but only because the man is wearing it. The suit, not the desk.

And a mystery fellow with Back of the Head Guy.

Update: This is Bruce Bennett with Jack Palance as Back of the Head Guy.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery butler, Wednesday’s mystery play backer and mysterious director, and Back of the Head Woman), Jenny M. (mystery movie, possibly Monday’s mystery guest, Tuesday’s mystery butler, Wednesday’s mysterious play backer and mystery director) and Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mysterious butler and Wednesday’s mystery play backer, mysterious director and Back of the Head Woman).


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For Friday, we have this mystery fellow and a mysterious companion.

Update: This is Jack Palance and Joan Crawford.

Background of someone's eyes. A woman clutches her forehead and screams.
We also have this mystery woman. She may not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Gloria Grahame with the eyes of Joan Crawford.

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We also have this mystery woman. And no, she does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Joan Crawford, with the eyes of Joan Crawford.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Persons), Sarah (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery men and Back of the Head Woman), Incredible Inman (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery men and mysterious leads), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Persons), Robert Morrissey (mystery movie), B.J. Merholz (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Persons), Sylvia E. (Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Persons, and Friday’s guests), Gary (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery fellow No. 2 and Back of the Head Woman), McDee (Thursday’s mystery fellow No. 2), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast) and Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests).

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28 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  1. Robert Morrissey says:

    Not a CLUE!!! Therefore, I’m following…..:)

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  2. Mary Mallory says:

    Jim brown.

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  3. Mary Mallory says:

    SUDDEN FEAR. George Chan with Joan Crawford out of frame, today, Taylor Holmes, Lewis Martin, and JC BOTH.

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  4. Jenny M says:

    Tue- George Chan

    Wed – Taylor Holmes in Sudden Fear with back of the heads Joan Crawford and Lewis Martin.

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  5. Jenny M says:

    Could Monday’s Mystery Man be an uncredited Errol John?

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  6. SUDDEN FEAR (1952)
    Tuesday: George Chan
    Wednesday” Joan Crawford, Taylor Holmes (glasses), Lewis Martin

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  7. B.J. Merholz says:

    Alistair Sim

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  8. Earl Boebert says:

    I’ll take a wild swing that Wednesday’s back of the head lady is Claudette Colbert.

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  9. Mary Mallory says:

    BOTH Joan Crawford, Virginia Huston, Mike “Touch” connors, and Bruce Bennett and Jack Palance BOTH today.

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  10. Sarah says:

    It’s “Sudden Fear” (1952). Mike Connors and Bruce Bennett on Thursday. And Joan Crawford as back of the head lady. Can’t miss that 1950’s haircut.

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  11. Mike Connors and Bruce Bennett today, making this “Sudden Fear,” with Crawford and Palance on the horizon.

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  12. Joan Crawford, Virginia Huston, Mike “Touch” Connors
    Bruce Bennett, Jack Palance

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  13. Robert Morrissey says:

    Aha! – Well, better late than never: Sudden Fear. But can anyone come up with the name of the African-American with the bowtie and badge in the week’s first photo? He is not in the cast list on IMDb.

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  14. B.J. Merholz says:

    Bruce Bennett

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  15. mike hawks says:

    George Chan, Taylor Holmes, Mike Connors, Virginia Huston, Bruce Bennett, Joan Crawford and Jack Palance in SUDDEN FEAR.

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  16. Sylvia E. says:

    Sudden Fear 1952
    Mon – ?
    Tues – George Chan
    Wed – Taylor Holmes, Lewis Martin and BOTHW is Joan Crawford
    Thur – Mike ‘Touch’ Connors, Virginia Huston and Bruce Bennett. In the two shot with Bennett, I can’t tell if the BOTHG is Jack Palance or Connors again.

    So Friday brings Gloria Grahame and full shots of Joan Crawford, Jack Palance.

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  17. Gary says:

    The back of the head gal has to be Joan C. so with Bruce B this would be Sudden Fear.

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  18. McDee says:

    Mike Connors on Thursday

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  19. LC says:

    Sudden Fear (1952) w/Joan Crawford, Mike Connors, Bruce Bennett, Gloria Grahame, Jack Palance, Virginia Huston…

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  20. Megan and Thom says:

    This week’s movie is “Sudden Fear”. Tuesday’s guest is George Chan, Wednesday includes Taylor Holmes and Lewis Martin. For today’s #1 pic is Virginia Huston and Mike Connors (Touch Conners) with Bruce Bennett in pic #2.

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  21. mike hawks says:

    Jack, Joan and Gloria Grahame.

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  22. Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame

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  23. Benito says:

    SUDDEN FEAR 1952. What a great imagined crime montage!

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  24. Mary Mallory says:

    Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, and Gloria Grahame. One trade magazine I was looking at said Palance used makeup to make his nose more handsome as a romantic lead.

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  25. Mark G. says:

    Jack Palance and Joan Crawford for Friday. The movie is Sudden Fear from 1952.

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  26. Bruce says:

    “Sudden Fear” with Joan Crawford, Jack Palance on Friday and, I think, Mike Connors on Thursday. Googled Joan Crawford black and white movies, and this was the second hit.

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  27. Sylvia E. says:

    I’m really hoping that on Saturday you can reveal who Monday’s guy is. He has such a cute moment with Ms Crawford and Mr Palance as the latter demonstrates the ‘matchstick’ magic trick and he has more than the usual amount of dialogue. I couldn’t find anyone that seemed to fit from the cast lists I researched. Checked out a ton of ‘stuff happens on a train’ movies but so many of the ‘porter’ roles go uncredited. Fingers crossed.

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