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''Sudden Fear''; ''Pandora and the Flying Dutchman''

A look at videos of ”Sudden Fear” and ”Pandora and the Flying Dutchman”

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As these video premieres lavishly attest, high glamour peaked during mid-century Hollywood. The tip-top film noir Sudden Fear, in which a sleazy actor (Palance) and his girlfriend (Gloria Grahame) plot to murder an heiress (Crawford), is as concerned with fabulous looks as it is with Crawford outwitting her would-be killers. Besides the sharp suits and jewels, there are separate makeup credits for Crawford and Palance. A real curio — a studio art film — Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is ostensibly about the power of love: A yachtsman (Mason) wanders the seas in a ghost ship until he finds a woman willing to die for him. But it’s actually about close-ups and lipstick, as a chanteuse (Gardner) drives suitors to their deaths on the Spanish Riviera. Struck from the best available print, the image is still faded and scratched, dimming the highfalutin carryings-on.
Fear: A- Pandora: C+