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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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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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Every time I'm beginning to think what color your eyes are, you disappear! See more »




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15 April 1950 (USA)  »

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Desesperación  »

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1.37 : 1
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Alfred Hitchcock gave his daughter Patricia Hitchcock's character the decidedly unflattering name "Chubby Bannister." In addition to the joke, the name was a term of endearment according to the director. Alfred said that he liked calling Patricia "Chubby Bannister" because she was "a girl you could always lean on." See more »


When Charlotte is testing a black dress, she holds a lit cigarette which disappears between shots. See more »


Eve Gill: I'm afraid the murderer might come here madam. Might get into the dressing room. Might even murder me madam. I'm surprised you're not a bit afraid yourself.
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Love Is Lyrical (Whisper Sweet Little Nothing to Me)
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Not a total Hitchcock misfire
26 November 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

STAGE FRIGHT (1950), whicch is usually dismissed as an Alfred Hitchcock failure, really has some fascinating things in it. As a whole, the film feels empty. The viewer knows they saw masterful construction work, but with lousy glue.

Richard Todd plays a Londoner wrongly accused of murdering his mistresses' husband. He is befriended by a young actress (Jane Wyman), her eccentric dad (Alister Sim, perfect as a daffy version of a Brit gentleman)

This film has arresting female characters (Marlene Dietrich is great as Todd's gal-pal. Patricia Hitchcock makes a top-grade debut in her father's films, and Kay Walsh is unforgettable as a blackmailer.)

The film begins in mid chase, has a terrific long take during a flashback, several other chases across and around stages and outdoor performances. The finale in a cluttered, noir-ish prop room is good stuff. What truly mars the film is the uninteresting sub-plot with detective Michael Wilding.

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