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Stage Fright (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 15 April 1950 (USA)
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)
Kay Walsh ...
Miles Malleson ...
Mr. Fortesque (as Miles Mallison)
Hector MacGregor ...
Joyce Grenfell ...
Inspector Byard (as Andre Morell)


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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Release Date:

15 April 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die rote Lola  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alfred Hitchcock has said that this film is more than a murder mystery, it is a critical examination of the acting craft. He said that this is a subject that long fascinated him, and this film provided him with the opportunity to explore it. See more »


When Charlotte's maid is talking about the murder at the pub, her hands change positions between shots. First being held at her side to her right hand scratching the back of her head. See more »


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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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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Surpising and delightful
29 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of this movie before and had low expectations. However, I was amazed at what a wonderful movie it is. Not only is it "Hitchcocky" and suspenseful, it is also humorous and touching. Jane Wyman and Richard Todd did particularly well in this film. I do not usually like Marlene Dietrich, but I have to admit that she did a splendid job as the flamboyant theater star. This movie is set in London, and Hitchcock did a wonderful job of picking out the crew's British actors and actresses such as Alistair Sim and Michael Wilding. Surprisingly he even gave his own daughter, Patricia Hitchcock, a bit part towards the end. It is too bad "Stage Fright" is not more well known, and I highly recommend it.

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