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Stage Fright (1950)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Mystery, 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.


Alfred Hitchcock


Whitfield Cook (screen play), Alma Reville (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
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 (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


Jonathan Cooper is wanted by the police who suspect him of killing his lover's husband. His besotted friend Eve Gill offers to hide him and Jonathan explains to her that his real 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 truly falls in love. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Every time I'm beginning to think what color your eyes are, you disappear! See more »


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Did You Know?


Cole Porter's song, "The Laziest Gal in Town", ran afoul of censors for its sexual innuendo, and for being too risqué. Several lines from the song were reworded, and the tamer version appears in this movie. See more »


The way that Johnny carries Charlotte's blue dress changes between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Eve Gill: Any sign of the police?
Jonathan Cooper: No, no sign. Looks like we're getting away with it.
Eve Gill: Good.
Jonathan Cooper: How far is it to your father's boat?
Eve Gill: Two hours, with luck. You're luck seems to be very good. Touching wood.
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Alternate Versions

A French VHS released in the nineties contained two versions of the film: one dubbed, the other subtitled. Beside this difference numerous edits were made in the dubbed version. Many scenes were shortened such as the talk between Eve and her father outside the boathouse in the night, Eve's attempt to disguise herself as a maid... However, and more importantly, this version contained two longer scenes not present in any copy released on VHS or DVD so far.
  • The first one is an extension of the bar discussion scene between the maid and the other patrons, right before Eve asks Wilfred Smith "Don't you think she's talking too much?" The dialog is dubbed in French.
  • The second scene is a slightly but magnificent longer version of Marlene Dietrich singing "The Laziest Gal in Town". The complete song runs 4 minutes instead of 3.37 in the edited version. The cut occurs after the first "it's not 'cause I couldn't" in the lyrics.
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Referenced in Victim of Love (1992) See more »


Frühlingslied (Spring Song) Op.62 #6
(1842) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Played on the accordion by Eve's father
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A Somewhat Odd Combination That Works Most of the Time
26 October 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

With such an unusual set of components, it was probably inevitable that "Stage Fright" would be a little uneven, but most of it works well enough. By Hitchcock's standards, it's average at best, but it is still an entertaining movie with an interesting story and a number of good sequences.

Simply seeing the distinctive persona of Marlene Dietrich and the enjoyably unique style of Alastair Sim in an Alfred Hitchcock film would make for an interesting combination in itself. They are joined by a generally solid group of performers, with their own individual styles, and there are several characters who all get fairly sizable roles.

Hitchcock's own approach here is a somewhat surprising contrast from his usual style of story-telling, and some of the developments must have seemed even more unexpected to the movie's original viewers. Another aspect of this is that for much of the movie none of the characters really takes and holds the focus, and as a result there are times when it seems to lack some flow.

Yet there are a number of good points to it as well. There are plenty of the usual Hitchcock details that make things more interesting, and most of the cast members give good performances in themselves. Most of Hitchcock's movies are rather better than this one, but watching "Stage Fright" is still a better use of one's time than watching the weak present-day efforts in the genre.

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Release Date:

15 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Mayfair, London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$1,437,000 (estimated)

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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