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Stage Fright (1950)

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A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.



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Complete credited cast:
Commodore Gill (as Alistair Sim)
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Miles Malleson ...
Mr. Fortesque (as Miles Mallison)
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Joyce Grenfell ...
Inspector Byard (as Andre Morell)
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Jonathan Cooper is wanted by the police who suspect him of killing his lover's husband. His friend Eve Gill offers to hide him and Jonathan explains to her that his lover, actress Charlotte Inwood is the real murderer. Eve decides to investigate for herself, but when she meets the detective in charge of the case, she starts to fall in love. Written by Col Needham <>

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15 April 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desesperación  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Originally, filming for this production was supposed to take place on location on the English coast, however prolonged and exceptionally bad weather precluded this. Filming was instead moved to a sound stage instead, at Elstree Studios. See more »


At the charity fair it is raining and everyone holds an umbrella. Shots of shoes and the ground show that they are dry. See more »


Det. Insp. Wilfred 'Ordinary' Smith: I once had a cousin who had an ulcer and an extremely funny face, both at the same time. Everybody laughed at him when he was telling his symptoms. His name was Jim.
Eve Gill: That must've been terrible!
Det. Insp. Wilfred 'Ordinary' Smith: Oh, I don't know, Jim is quite a common name.
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Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played when Jonathan gets out of the car and goes into Charlotte's house
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not classic Hitchcock, but still good.....
10 July 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie plays more like something Hitchcock would have directed in the thirties. It also have the misfortune of being released while he was in his prime, so it comes off archaic for the master. I rather enjoyed it though. I thought Jane Wyman had considerable charm and innocence to play her character and make us care for her. Marlene Dietrich plays her part well, and Alastair Sim gives nice comic relief as the father to Wyman's character.

Its true that the movie cheats and gives us a surprise ending that really doesn't play with what we're given. This is a flaw and will forever keep this movie from being a masterpiece. However, it is lite viewing, and it has some excellent and charming scenes. The scene of Eve and the Inspector in the back of the taxi was rather nice, at least I thought so. Plus it has more humor than some of his other works. It certainly isn't rear window, but its worth watching for Wyman's fun and interesting performance. Its nice to see a heroine more so than a hero in something of Hitchcock's. Plus you can find out a hazard of the safety curtain that we hadn't thought of. 8 out of 10.

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