Stage Fright (1949, Movie) – 6/10 review

Jane Wyman: Eve Gill
Marlene Dietrich: Charlotte Inwood
Michael Wilding: Ordinary Smith
Richard Todd: Jonathan Cooper
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Alastair Sim: Commodore Gill
Writer (Screenplay): Whitfield Cook
Writer (Adaptation): Alma Reville
Writer (Original Novel): Selwyn Jepson

Stage Fright (1949)

Eve Gill goes to extraordinary lengths to prove the innocence of Jonathan Cooper after he tells about he has been set up to take the fall for a murder.


Lesser-seen Hitchcock which becomes oddly uninteresting after about half-an-hour despite a number of interesting, though usually incidental, scenes (from Joyce Grenfell and Sybil Thorndike and there’s a good gag when Wyman disguises herself as a maid and tests it out on her mother), some decent dialogue and good performances. It’s at it’s best when Marlene Dietrich is around (except when she’s singing). Hitchcock’s most notable technical flourish sees Richard Todd followed into a house by a camera which wasn’t physically possible. It’s deceptive cleverness is brilliantly sold via a sound effect. The other notable element is Richard Todd’s opening flashback which SPOILER is a complete lie. Unfortunately, it’s more interesting as a basis for a filmmaking discussion than it is in the film.

This movie contains unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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