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Stage Fright (1950)

Approved  |   |  Thriller  |  15 April 1950 (USA)
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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 <col@imdb.com>

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Love held its breath as sudden terror held the stage! See more »

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Due to his daughter, Patricia Hitchcock's resemblance to leading lady Jane Wyman, director Alfred Hitchcock asked her to serve as Wyman's stunt double in the early "dangerous driving" sequences. See more »

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

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Mrs. Gill: [Det. Insp. Smith plays the piano] Oh, it's just like Sherlock Holmes and his fiddle. A stream of beautiful sound and then suddenly out pops the solution.
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La vie en rose
(1946) (uncredited)
Music by Louiguy and Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
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A Somewhat Odd Combination That Works Most of the Time
26 October 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

With such an unusual set of components, it was probably inevitable that "Stage Fright" would be a little uneven, but most of it works well enough. By Hitchcock's standards, it's average at best, but it is still an entertaining movie with an interesting story and a number of good sequences.

Simply seeing the distinctive persona of Marlene Dietrich and the enjoyably unique style of Alastair Sim in an Alfred Hitchcock film would make for an interesting combination in itself. They are joined by a generally solid group of performers, with their own individual styles, and there are several characters who all get fairly sizable roles.

Hitchcock's own approach here is a somewhat surprising contrast from his usual style of story-telling, and some of the developments must have seemed even more unexpected to the movie's original viewers. Another aspect of this is that for much of the movie none of the characters really takes and holds the focus, and as a result there are times when it seems to lack some flow.

Yet there are a number of good points to it as well. There are plenty of the usual Hitchcock details that make things more interesting, and most of the cast members give good performances in themselves. Most of Hitchcock's movies are rather better than this one, but watching "Stage Fright" is still a better use of one's time than watching the weak present-day efforts in the genre.


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