Rent Stage Fright (1950)

3.7 of 5 from 63 ratings
1h 45min
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Jane Wyman plays drama student Eve Gill, who tries to clear a friend (Richard Todd) being framed for murder by becoming the maid of flamboyant stage star Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich). Filming in his native England, Hitchcock merrily juggles elements of humour and whodunit and puts a game ensemble (Alastair Sim, Sybil Thorndike, Joyce Grenfell, Kay Walsh and daughter Patricia Hitchcock) through its paces. No one turns a theatre into a bastion of dread like Hitchcock and 'Stage Fright' is proof positive.
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Alfred Hitchcock
Whitfield Cook, Alma Reville, Selwyn Jepson, James Bridie, Ranald MacDougall
British Films, Classics, Drama, Thrillers
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105 minutes
English, French, Italian
Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing
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Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
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Reviews (2) of Stage Fright

A solid second tier Hitchcock thriller - Stage Fright review by NP

Spoiler Alert

The 'All the world's a stage and every one of us is giving a performance' theme might be somewhat hoary, but Hitchcock delivers a reliably solid elaboration of it here, replete with the colourful supporting turns, sly humour and atmospherics that one would expect.

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Spoiler alert. - Stage Fright review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert

For this loosely plotted comedy thriller with a theatrical setting, Hitch was back in London, filming with big stars and a rich supporting cast. Apparently he made it so he could visit his daughter Patricia at RADA. She makes her film debut.

The narrative begins with Richard Todd telling Jane Wyman a story about having to clear up after Marlene Dietrich killed her (Marlene's) husband. We see this happen in flashback, though it was a lie. It's hard to understand the kerfuffle this caused; there were unreliable narrators long before Stage Fright.

The real joy of the film is that gallery of British character actors, with especially Alastair Sim and Kay Walsh a riot. Richard Todd does well in a civilian role. Michael Wilding performs his usual Cary Grant impression as the detective who has an eye out for Wyman, as well as the killer. The Master always makes a lot out of a kiss, and the extremely long prelude to the kiss of Wilding and Wyman is a typical touch.

The big weakness is the pallid performance from Ms. Wyman who flounders in such piquant company. A touch of screwball from her would have brightened the occasional longeuer. It's a bit short on thrills, but that cast makes it worthwhile. 

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