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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 <col@imdb.com>

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

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Alfie Bass's character is called The Electrician in production papers and on Bass's contract. See more »

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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 »

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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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In Grandma's Day
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Dave Stamper
Lyrics by Gene Buck
Sung by a chorus after Charlotte exits the stage
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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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