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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder Makes a Curtain Call
Jonathan Cooper (Richard Todd) is in trouble. The police think he murdered the husband of famous actress Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich). And so he does the only thing he can think to do, run to Eve Gill (Jane Wyman) for help. Eve has a bit of a crush on Jonathan, so she quickly spirits him out of town and puts him in hiding.

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Published on 3 Jun. 2008 by Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Escapism, but not classic Hitchcock
Stage Fright success is with its sarcasm and black comedy than as a whole part. For this StageFright is utterly watchable. Though Hitchcock is probably my favourite director he did partake in a few duds here and there. Though this film stays well clear of that club. Watch out for a star turn by the one and only Marlene Dietrich!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder Makes a Curtain Call, 3 Jun. 2008
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Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers (Santa Clarita, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Stage Fright [1950] [DVD] (DVD)
Jonathan Cooper (Richard Todd) is in trouble. The police think he murdered the husband of famous actress Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich). And so he does the only thing he can think to do, run to Eve Gill (Jane Wyman) for help. Eve has a bit of a crush on Jonathan, so she quickly spirits him out of town and puts him in hiding.

Befriending Detective Inspector Wilfred Smith (Michael Wilding), Eve learns that the police aren't even looking for another suspect, so she goes undercover as Charlotte's new maid to try to prove the actress killed her own husband. Can she keep up her undercover identity without being discovered? Can she prove that Charlotte really killed her husband?

This lesser known Hitchcock film is still quite good. The pacing is off, and some scenes seem rather pointless and slow to me. But that's my only complaint. The story kept me guessing until the end. I was never on the edge of my seat, but I was certainly engaged. The acting was good. The characters are there to tell the story, but the actors did a good job of bringing them to life with the material they had.

I was a little surprised the film is in Black and White. Shows how little I know about when films became color, I guess. Still, I was engrossed within five minutes, and never noticed again. The film is set in London, so getting to see bits and pieces of that city from the late 40's is interesting as well.

Like many older films, this isn't as slick and dazzling as today's movies. But don't let that stop you. This is a good mystery that will entertain you for a couple hours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 1940s film, 20 Jan. 2013
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As some reviewers have pointed out, this Hitchcock film is not as suspenseful, intricate or scary as many of his later films. If that is what you are looking for, then this is probably not the film for you. However, if you would like an entertaining film from the 1940s - quite innocent in terms of manners and plot - with several wonderful actors, then give this one a try. It has the inimitable Alistair Sim (playing it straight this time as a very supportive father) and Marlene Dietrich (in a very Dietrich role), Jane Wyman (very good as the plucky heroine) and Michael Wilding (as a debonair policeman). There is little "fright" in this film - in fact this rather old-fashioned film is quite cozy and perfect for a rainy afternoon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Theatre crime drama with humorous hints, 2 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Stage Fright [1950] [DVD] (DVD)
Stage Fright (1950) is another Hitch crime film with a very strong cast, including Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Wilding and Richard Todd. Hitchcock's daughter Patricia made her movie debut in this film.

Though Hitchcock had lived and worked in Hollywood since 1939, this thriller was filmed on location in London, and all the cast, with the exception of Wyman and Dietrich, were British.

The film is about a murder, police investigation of the murder, while the two murderers trying to evade punishment, and one of them (Dietrich) tries to implicate the other (Todd), who is terribly in love with Dietrich thus incapable to see what is going on. To his help comes Wyman, who loves him and is determined to help. She does more than her fare share trying to save Todd, and in the process falls in love with the charming police detective (Wilding). The plot includes many Hitch humorous hints so as to tell the viewers not to take the story very seriously. Hitch is showing in this film yet again his ingenuity, starting the film with a false flashback which leads the spectator to think that Dietrich was the sole murderer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what it says on the box (I'm pleased to say)!, 17 April 2012
This review is from: Stage Fright [1950] [DVD] (DVD)
Anyone wanting to know about the film itself can look up opinions elsewhere. I just wanted to let others know that, although Amazon gives the aspect ratio as 16:9 (and the DVD case says so too!), the DVD is correctly presented in the 4:3 aspect ratio in which the film was made. The DVD case even claims the film is in colour, which it is not! I put off buying it for a long time believing the top and bottom had been cut off (as they have on Dial M for Murder [1954] [DVD]) to please the dopes who 'can't stand black bars' on the sides of their widescreen TVs, but was pleasantly surprised to find the picture all there!
The picture and sound quality are nothing special, but perfectly acceptable, and I enjoyed the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Escapism, but not classic Hitchcock, 11 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Stage Fright [1950] [DVD] (DVD)
Stage Fright success is with its sarcasm and black comedy than as a whole part. For this StageFright is utterly watchable. Though Hitchcock is probably my favourite director he did partake in a few duds here and there. Though this film stays well clear of that club. Watch out for a star turn by the one and only Marlene Dietrich!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Death disguised as love, 8 April 2010
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Stage Fright [DVD] [1950] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Looks like "The laziest gal in town"; Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich) may be framing the high-strung Jonathan Cooper (Richard Todd). A drama student used her skills to try to prove this to the authorities. In the process, she may have found her true love Ordinary Smith (Michael Wilding)

The film is classic Hitchcock. See if you can spot his signature cameo appearance.

Alistair Sim and Sybil Thorndike give the film a Powell and Pressburger feel.

This black and white standard DVD has some good extras including. A 2004 "Hitchcock and Stage Fright"

See Joyce Grenfell, the Duck lady aging in "the Americanization of Emily" (1964)

The Americanization of Emily
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Sunday Afternoon Film, 29 April 2014
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This is one for Sunday afternoon viewings when it is wet and cold outside. Not the best Hitchcock movie but still a good watch and becoming rare in DVD format I feel.

Good picture quality for its age and sound crisp. Worth the purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Alfred Hitchcock, 27 May 2013
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Not much to say other than if you are a Hithcock fan - one for the collection. Definitely worth purchasing a good film to watch.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deception unbound., 9 July 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Stage Fright [1950] [DVD] (DVD)
Stage Fright is directed by Alfred Hitchcock and collectively written by Whitfield Cook, Ranald MacDougall, Alma Reville and James Bridie, it's based on the novel "Man Running" written by Selwyn Jepson. It stars Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Wilding, Richard Todd and Alastair Sim. Plot sees Wyman as drama student Eve Gill, who is asked by friend Jonathan Cooper (Todd) for help because he is on the run for the alleged murder of Charlotte Inwood's (Dietrich) husband. He swears his innocence and with Eve's father (Sim) also in tow, they set about trying to prove Jonathan's innocence.

It kind of goes without saying, since 90% of other reviews for Stage Fright have made the point, but Stage Fright is a lesser Hitchcock movie in terms of quality. In fact, watching it now upon revisits, it's actually, well, a bit of a bore. Yes it finds the directing maestro dallying in the realm of acting = deception, himself the deception puppet master, and the cast can't be faulted for quality of performance; notably Wyman who leads the film as a heroine taking on a number of different guises to a number of different people. But it lacks menace, it lacks sardonic humour and after playing the audience like an appropriately named fiddle, the pay off lacks dramatic impact or surprise. It has a bit more to it than merely being one for Hitchcock completists, for one thing fans of British cinema get a nice cameo from the wonderful Joyce Grenfell, but unlike a good portion of Hitchcock's work, this one doesn't hold up on repeat viewings. Decent but not actually very good. 6/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Hitchcock movies, 2 Nov. 2014
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This movie evokes happy memories for me so o can view it multiple times without a reduction in enjoyment.
The story is rather thin and Ms Dietrich overacts a bit but it's still a thrilling romp about murder and deceit. Alistair Sim is wonderful as the eccentric dad.
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