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Stage Fright (1950)

 -  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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Trivia

It was Playwright James Bridie who suggested that Alfred Hitchcock cast Alastair Sim. James Bridie also contributed additional dialogue on the script of this film. 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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Charlotte Inwood: I HATE rain at funerals.
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Eve's Rhapsody
(1950) (uncredited)
Music by Leighton Lucas
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Criminally undervalued
25 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Stage Fright" has become one of my favourite Hitchcock movies. Even though it's not in the same league as "Psycho" or "Rear Window", it's still an extremely delightful piece of film making.

What makes it so enjoyable is the wonderful cast, which was mostly unknown to me before. Jane Wyman makes a lovely heroine for the audience to care about, and Marlene Dietrich is a riot as the stage diva, although I was a bit skeptical toward her at first. The scenes between Alastair Sim and Sybil Thorndike as Wyman's eccentric parents are hilarious. Richard Todd is perhaps a bit weak as the suspected murderer, but not distractingly so.

All in all, I find this a far more preferable watching experience than some of his more acclaimed films like "Notorious" or "The Birds" which are kind of cold and sterile. See it if you have the chance.


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