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Love held its breath as sudden terror held the stage!
A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.
I never hope to be appreciated. Yes, your mother cured me of that.
An Alfred Hitchcock film that has the distinction of containing a big plot element that he later considered one of his biggest regrets. To say what it is would be a spoiler, but I'd like to point out that the twist of the film wasn't well received in 1950 because it was something never done before. Another famous film would do something very similar 45 years later but take it to it's utmost extreme.
It also has to be said that even though Hitchcock was one of the greatest directors to ever live, his…
Stage Fright was the first film released in Alfred Hitchcock's finest decade as a filmmaker. While I wouldn't call it one of the best of his films from the 50's it is certainly a very good film. Also, the fact that it isn't one his best 50's films isn't really saying much because as I said it was his best decade and it was full of many of his absolute best films.
Stage Fright tells the story of a young woman who is an aspiring actress played by Jane Wyman. Her boyfriend (Richard Todd) becomes the main suspect in the murder of a famous entertainer's (Marlene Dietrich) husband. All three of them give great performances as does Michael Wilding in…
Silly, arbitrarily-plotted Hitch film, set in London, his first British movie after leaving for Hollywood a decade earlier.
Jane Wyman is a stage-struck kid who risks it all for the man she loves (Richard Todd) after he's framed for murder by his lover (Marlene Dietrich), getting entangled with the investigating officer (Michael Wilding) and going deep undercover as a maid, with the help of an extraordinarily bad Cockney accent.
The story is so scatty that it seems as if they came up with the set pieces first and then just tried to tie them together - the director and his writers did sometimes work that way, successfully on North by Northwest - the balance of comedy and tension is never…
At the time of its release, the now common yet then unprecedented and out of place "twist" caused much public debate and it led to Hitchcock referring to the addition of the twist as his second greatest mistake, behind the death of the little boy in Sabotage. Over time, such an ending has become common and by today's standards, despite mixed reviews even today, I find Stage Fright an entertaining film with a great mix of thrills and laughs.
The film begins in such an interesting way, with a man and woman driving away from the police. From here, flashbacks reveal what has happened earlier and how such events came to being. It's a truly engaging and original opening by…
I haven't seen this Hitch film for about 30 years and I have to say with my recent viewing this is one of my new favorites! Great story and suspense and performances all round especially the brilliant Alastair Sim whose scenes really are a pleasure to watch.
An interesting concept, but a thoroughly uninteresting film. I just stopped caring.
There are some lovely things I took away. The opening with the curtain raising over London was a great way to open the story. I also loved the climatic scene where only Wyman's eyes are in the light, I found that very striking. The unreliable flashback is also worth a go I guess, despite being a polarising choice, and for good reason. The romantic car scene with Ordinary Smith was also cute. The dad has some nice scenes.
But then again, every Hitchcock film has a few great little aspects. Stage Fright just fails to captivate, and is the worst film I have seen from him to date. He is that good that an effort like this just pales horribly in comparison, despite being a classic for almost anyone else.
Second viewing. Closer to a 3 1/2 but I'm not giving half ratings out anymore.
This is really a fun picture. A lot of stuff doesn't work and falls flat, but it's really entertaining 'light Hitchcock', as they say. Who's 'they'? I don't know who 'they' are, but it's someone I'm tellin' ya.
I love at first how it feels like a rollercoaster. You follow one character, introduced to another, the first character steps behind the curtain, you get to know the other one, she has to assume another identity, etc.
Really like the ending. And the father.
A Hitchcock light on the thrills but heavy on the humour. Dietrich's parody of Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles is mahvelous! Great dialogue.
Not bad. Took a while to get into, but once it got going it was pretty good. I liked Jane Wyman in this quite a bit more than the other roles I've seen her in, and Hitch's cameo is one of his hammier ones. Always a delight to cross another Hitchcock off the list.
An Alfred Hitchcock murder mystery with the crime first told by lie after lie and then the truth ultimately revealed to the characters and audience simultaneously.
Good: The father/daughter relationship is fun, playful and something I do not see much in a movie. Alister Sim and Jane Wyman are both quite good together although I think Wyman was overshadowed by Dietrich.
Bad: Jane Wyman's bangs are just nuts.
Meh: I had no issue with the flashback, I expect a bit of trickery from Hitchcock.
"I never hope to be appreciated. Yes, your mother cured me of that. That's why I could never be bothered with your mother."
Not Hitchcock's strongest but Dietrich is great.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I didn't do it
*crosses fingers behind back*
A few days ago I went to the local library to rent a few DVD's of Hitchcock films, all of which I have never seen before. The first one I chose for viewing was this, as it's “lesser-known”, at least by the director's lofty standards.
The plot: A popular entertainer-Charlotte Inwood-(Marlene Dietrich) in an English city accidentally kills her husband, and her lover (Richard Todd) is accidentally seen at the scene of the crime so he has to hide out and he uses his friend Eve (Jane Wyman) to avoid the cops and she does various things to try and clear his name. A detective, a scheming lady that dresses Ms. Inwood and even her parents get involved.
A husband of a famous actress is murdered. A young aspiring actress takes it upon herself to try and prove the innocence of the main suspect, a man she loves, by, what else, acting. Hitchcock made a lot of masterpieces and this is not one of them but it's still a damn good film that will keep you guessing. The performances are fun too. Marlene Dietrich (damn, I've been watching a lot of her films lately) and Alistair Simm are so good as the "femme fatale"-ish, probably murderess and the father of the young actress respectively. The rest of the cast is great too including Sybil Thorndike who provides quite a bit of the film's laughs.
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