Stage Fright

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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.

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Jane Wyman
as Eve Gill
Marlene Dietrich
as Charlotte Inwood
Michael Wilding
as Ordinary Smith
Richard Todd
as Jonathan Cooper
Alastair Sim
as Commodore Gill
Kay Walsh
as Nellie Goode
Sybil Thorndike
as Mrs. Gill
Miles Malleson
as Mr. Fortesque
Hector MacGregor
as Freddie Williams
Joyce Grenfell
as Lovely Ducks
André Morell
as Insp. Byard
Ballard Berkeley
as Sgt. Mellish
Patricia Hitchcock
as Chubby Bannister
Alfred Hitchcock
as Passerby on Street as Wyman Talks to Herself
Irene Handl
as Mrs. Mason - Gill's Maid
Arthur Howard
as Groves - Charlotte's Butler
Everley Gregg
as Charlotte's Dressmaker
Cyril Chamberlain
as Det. Sgt. Loomis
Helen Goss
as Miss Tippett
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Critic Reviews for Stage Fright

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  • This 1950 thriller is minor only by the standards of genius.

    Oct 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Hitchcock conjures a deep-rooted, irony-rich complicity of father and daughter that seems borrowed from the films of Howard Hawks and suggests the inner compass that helps to guard against chasing the wrong man.

    Mar 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Wyman is delightful as embryo actress but the choice femme spot goes to Dietrich.

    Feb 4, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • The issues aren't satisfactorily resolved, but Hitchcock seems to be exploring the ways in which various falsehoods -- the falsehoods of acting, storytelling, and art in general -- can lead to the truth

    Feb 4, 2008 | Full Review…
  • A fairly routine thriller, noted chiefly for its cheating flashback, though with much more to enjoy than its detractors -- including Hitchcock -- make out.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • One is strongly suspicious, after watching this helter-skelter film, that Mr. Hitchcock was much less interested in his over-all story than in individual scenes.

    Jan 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stage Fright

When I first started watching Alfred Hitchcock's movies, I would pretend I was part of an alien race that was going to pillage Planet Hitchcock. Not really, but go with it. I'd start with the classic major cities (Psycho, Vertigo, North By Northwest), then work my way out to the smaller but still happening cities (Rope, The Trouble With Harry, The Birds.) But lately I'm sifting through the lesser cities. The dull ones that serve egg noodles with ketchup and try to pass it off as spaghetti with marinara sauce. The towns that close by six, have two traffic lights and are 40 miles from the nearest Wal-Mart. I'm not going to go as far as to accuse Stage Fright of being the geographic equivalent of the armpit of the world, it sure as hell isn't a Fresno, CA! Stage Fright more or less wears into territory that Hitchcock spent a lot of time walking upon with the innocent being chased while trying to disprove their guilt. Here he does so from a different perspective with a woman trying to prove the innocence of the object of her affection. Stage Fright's cast is pretty good (normally I can't stand Jane Wyman but she's not bad here) but Alastair Sim steals the show as Wyman's father and makes the movie pretty damn funny at points. Stage Fright did little to make me wonder if the rest of Planet Hitchcock was worth conquering but it could always be worse. It could be Planet Bay or Planet Shyamalan. And we all know that the crappiest towns on Planet Hitchcock are still better than the meccas on those hellholes.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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I watched it only because it was going off of Netflix streaming. I just for the life of me could not get into this film. I wasn't invested in any character or interested in the story at all. Even with Marlene Dietrich in it. I'm not even sure if at the end I really knew all what was going on. Sorry, I am just not a Hitchcock girl for the most part...

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

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This is such a creative and fun mystery movie. Sometimes it's a little confusing maybe, but in the end it's worth it. For some reason this is a lesser known Hitchcock movie, but it's one of my favourites, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

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Hitchcock considered the film's 'false flashback' sequence to be one of his greatest mistakes, citing that it made audiences feel betrayed. I'm not sure if it's quite as bad as all that but, in hindsight, it does seem to be an underhanded trick. Perhaps I'm more forgiving because the cast here, notably Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich and Alastair Sim, are just so damn good. As it is, Stage Fright is a second tier Hitchcock production but only because others like Vertigo and Strangers on a Train set the bar so high.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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