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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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Director:
Writers:
Whitfield Cook (screen play)
Alma Reville (adaptation)
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Release Date:
15 April 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Every time I'm beginning to think what color your eyes are, you disappear! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(105 articles)
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User Reviews:
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Cast

  (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)
Harold Coyne ... Extra (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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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Most of Irene Handl's performance as Miss Mason, the maid, was removed in post-production editing.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Eve reports back to her father in a call box having been unable to gain entrance to the murder house. "Oh don't be ridiculous father, the police won't let anyone near the place" - she actually mouths "near the house".See more »
Quotes:
Eve Gill:There's nothing the matter with your reputation!
Commodore Gill:Oh, indeed? I'd rather flattered myself that there was...
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Laziest Gal in TownSee more »

FAQ

Marlene Dietrich---When Was She Signed to Star in "Stage Fright"?
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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Remember! The Curtain is there for your safety., 16 October 1999

What a great flick. At times ill-paced, but the performances more than make up for it. What's not to love? Doe-eyed Jane Wyman shifts effortlessly between the roles of aspiring dramatist to lovestruck protectress of Richard Todd to infiltrating false maid of Marlene Dietrich. Managing also to string along Michael Wilding, as the ubercool Inspector "Ordinary" Smith, she might sound like some cold calculating wench who uses up people like Marlene goes through hats. But that wouldn't be strictly accurate. Her Eve Gill is sweet and naive, but her gentler qualities are tempered with a genuine acting talent that allows her to juggle identities with the slyness of a fox-chameleon hybrid. The scene at the garden party when she switches from Dietrich's cockney maid to Smith's innocent date with every turn is delightful.

It is the masterful presence of the great Alastair Sim, however, that makes Stage Fright one of Hitchock's most enjoyable to watch. Few actors have his ability of making the most average of dialouges sound like a powerful oration, and as Eve's doting father, he makes the movie. His Commodore Gill is always at the ready to harbor a fugitive, clip off a snappy witicism, or scrounge blackmail money for his beloved daughter. He is equally at home playing comic relief as he is to serving as the plot glue that makes Eve's capers possible. But live with his wife? Thank you, no! He is content to live on his boat. Whether he is staging an amusing diversion to aid Eve, dispensing sage bits of fatherly advice, or merely strolling out in public, the man bleeds coolness with every move.

Some can argue that Stage Fright gives but an average treatment to the usual whodunnit murder-suspense formula that Hitchcock (and countless others) have used. This is perhaps true. But compared to the whole lot of crappy facsimile suspense films made since 1950, Stage Fright is quicker to entertain than most.

Be sure to check it out if you want to see Hitch cast his own daughter Patricia in the supporting role of "Chubby Banister." Is that some kind of sick joke or was that name flattering in the fifties?

P.S.-- I can't watch Marlene Dietrich anymore and not be reminded of Madeline Kahn's Teutonic Titwillow. Is there some free therapy I can get for this?

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