Stage Fright

Stage Fright

DVD - 2004
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A woman disguises herself as a maid in order to clear her friend who has been accused of murdering his mistress' husband.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2004]
Edition: Fullscreen standard version.
ISBN: 9780790789859
079078985X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Alfred Hitchcock's Stage fright
Summary: A woman disguises herself as a maid in order to clear her friend who has been accused of murdering his mistress' husband.

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 05, 2017

After making many films in Hollywood, Hitchcock returned to his old British studio to make this one film with British stars Richard Todd, Michael Wilding, and Alastalr Sim along with American Jane Wyman and German Marlene Dietrich. It's a rather minor Hitchcock film that is dwarfed by his masterpieces such as "Notorious," "Vertigo," "Psycho," and "North by Northwest." Today it seems hilarious that audiences complained that they were led astray by a false flashback narrated by one lying protagonist. In those days, false flashbacks were not looked upon favorably. Now it is more common; for examples "The Usual Suspects," and "Rashamon."

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CallMe_AKA
Feb 28, 2015

In director Alfred Hitchcock's world of movie make-believe, theatres are where danger stalks in the wings, characters are never what they seem, and the final curtain can drop at any second. The movie "Stage Fright" (a wickedly wry whodunit from 1950) springs from that very tradition.

Actress Jane Wyman plays Eve Gill, a drama student, who goes to great lengths in attempts to clear her friend, John Cooper (played by Richard Todd) of being framed for murder.

Filmed in London, England, Hitchcock cleverly juggles elements of humour and whodunit, and puts together a fine ensemble of cast members, which includes Alastair Sim and Marlene Dietrich.

"Stage Fright" is presented in black & white.

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noluckboston
Jun 04, 2014

Wonderful picture. The lighting and framing of the actresses was incredible. Although not too suspenseful, it is captivating and you fall in love with all the characters. Do see this film!

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Janice21383
Feb 04, 2013

Far from Hitchcock's best, but amusing if you like Agatha Christie mysteries, or Ealing comedies. Be patient; the best bits are at the end. Marlene Dietrich is always worth watching (even when she does her non-singing act), and Alastair Sim steals every scene he's in. Bonuses: Miles Maleson. and hooray! Joyce Grenfell.

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noluckboston
Jun 04, 2014

noluckboston thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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