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Stage Fright -- Alfred Hitchcock ("Psycho," "Vertigo") presents a thrilling tale of murder and a chase for the killer through a crowded theatre in this all- star classic.


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Whitfield Cook (screen play)
Alma Reville (adaptation)
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Release Date:
15 April 1950 (USA) See more »
Every time I'm beginning to think what color your eyes are, you disappear! See more »
A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A solid, entertaining Hitch flick See more (91 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Wyman ... Eve Gill

Marlene Dietrich ... Charlotte Inwood

Michael Wilding ... Ordinary Smith

Richard Todd ... Jonathan Cooper

Alastair Sim ... Commodore Gill (as Alistair Sim)

Sybil Thorndike ... Mrs. Gill
Kay Walsh ... Nellie Goode
Miles Malleson ... Mr. Fortesque (also as Miles Mallison)
Hector MacGregor ... Freddie Williams
Joyce Grenfell ... 'Lovely Ducks'

André Morell ... Inspector Byard (as Andre Morell)

Patricia Hitchcock ... Chubby Bannister
Ballard Berkeley ... Sergeant Mellish
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ... Rough Individual (uncredited)
Alfie Bass ... Stage Hand With Microphone (uncredited)
Gordon Bell ... 2nd Chauffeur (uncredited)
Gerald Case ... Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Cawdron ... Policeman (uncredited)
Cyril Chamberlain ... Detective Sgt. Loomis (uncredited)
Ann Codrington ... Helper (uncredited)
Brenda Cowling ... Plump RADA Girl (uncredited)
Basil Cunard ... Mr. Tippett (uncredited)
Nuna Davey ... Masculine Woman (uncredited)
Petra Davies ... RADA Girl (uncredited)
Howard Douglas ... 3rd Chauffeur (uncredited)
Josephine Douglas ... Valerie (uncredited)
Frank Duncan ... News Photographer (uncredited)
David Ellis ... Dancer in opening sequence (uncredited)
Susanne Gibbs ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Helen Goss ... Miss Tippett (uncredited)
Everley Gregg ... Charlotte's Dressmaker (uncredited)
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Mason - Gill's Maid (uncredited)
John Harvey ... Inspector Loomis (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Staring at Eve on Street (uncredited)
Arthur Howard ... Groves - Charlotte's Butler (uncredited)

Lionel Jeffries ... Bald RADA Student (uncredited)
Linda King ... Garden Party Barker (uncredited)
Kenneth Kove ... Meek Little Man (uncredited)
Joe Linnane ... Liveried Doorman (uncredited)
James Maclaren ... Stage singer (uncredited)
Howard Marion-Crawford ... 1st Chauffeur (uncredited)
Sydney Moncton ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Edna Morris ... Plump Woman (uncredited)
Colin Morton ... Garden Party Barker (uncredited)
Reginald Purdell ... Police Car Driver (uncredited)
Louie Ramsay ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Jean Shepherd ... Fitter (uncredited)
Dennis Vance ... 2nd Detective (uncredited)
Digby Wolfe ... Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Whitfield Cook (screen play)

Alma Reville (adaptation by)

Selwyn Jepson (based on the novel "Man Running" by)

James Bridie  additional dialogue (uncredited)
Ranald MacDougall  uncredited

Produced by
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Leighton Lucas (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Wilkie Cooper (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward B. Jarvis (film editor) (as E.B. Jarvis)
Casting by
Robert Lennard (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Terence Verity 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (uncredited)
Christian Dior (costume designer: Marlene Dietrich) (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Colin Garde .... makeup artist
Joan Smallwood .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Neville Smallwood .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production supervisor
Gerry Mitchell .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Bertera .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Martin .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Olga Lehmann .... set dresser (uncredited)
Anthony Masters .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Dudley H. May .... prop buyer (uncredited)
Bill Osborne .... property master (uncredited)
Arthur Searle .... construction manager (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold V. King .... sound by (as Harold King)
Leslie Hammond .... sound recording mixer (uncredited)
Jim Whiting .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Besche .... camera operator (uncredited)
Davis Boulton .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Haste .... camera operator (uncredited)
Chris Holden .... focus puller (uncredited)
Dennis C. Lewiston .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Babs Gray .... assistant wardrobe (uncredited)
Alice McLaren .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Eve Catchpole .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Other crew
Leslie Frewin .... publicity supervisor (uncredited)
Pamela Gayler .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Angela Martelli .... continuity (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures) (A Warner Bros. First National Picture)
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Additional Details

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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:G | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved (PCA #14269) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman and Richard Todd all died at the same age: 90.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Jonathan Cooper:Eve, I hated to tell you that phony story in your car that time. But there was no other way! Charlotte did go to my flat after I killed her husband. Her dress was stained and so I bought her a clean one. Then, when she went to the theater, I made a big stain on it, to make you believe me. I'm telling you the truth!See more »
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Marlene Dietrich---When Was She Signed to Star in "Stage Fright"?
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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A solid, entertaining Hitch flick, 17 October 1999

Often considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock's lesser known films, "Stage Fright" has unfortunately gotten a bad wrap. Even mediocre Hitchcock is better than most movies ever get, though. And this one is a solid, entertaining picture. With an eclectic cast one doesn't expect to see together, each diverse actor provides a little something for everyone. And with Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Todd and Michael Wilding how can you go wrong?

Wyman convincingly plays a drama student who gets involved over her head in a purely Hitchcockian case of murder. When her ex-lover Todd is suspected of killing Dietrich's husband, Wyman hides him and helps him allude the police. Meanwhile, Wyman disguises herself as Dietrich's maid to help find evidence to save Todd's freedom. Wyman falls into a dangerous trap, and danger surrounds her.

Disappointingly underdeveloped as it starts, "Stage Fright" eventually turns into a first-rate thriller. While Wyman has been better, Dietrich is hilariously catty and Todd is wickedly suspicious. This is undoubtedly a Hitchcock film all the way around, but adding a nice twist to the formula is a soaring, romantic soundtrack. A seriously satisfying film, "Stage Fright" hits most of the right notes.

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