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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.
Enjoyable drama from Alfred Hitchcock.
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.
For all of the great Hitchcock films there are, there definitely seem to be plenty of ones that are just OK or aren't even very watchable. Fortunately I seem to be headed into a period of his career where the films he was making were mostly great.
Jane Wyman definitely looks older than her 33 years in this movie.
Light Hitchcock - fun but a bit long, should have been ninety minutes to one hundred minutes instead of around two hours. Jane Wyman is really good in a way that reminds me of Naomi Watts in Mulholland Dr., you don't realise how good she is until her character starts acting well into the film. Alastair Sims steals the show as one of those oddball, worldly older characters that occasionally populate Hitchcock films like Pat's blind uncle in Saboteur.
I couldn't take my eyes off of Marlene, - obviously; she's amazing. Such a good twist, Hitchcock never disappoints!
Stage Fright is an underrated Hitchcock film. Considered by some to be his worst movie or at least among his weakest efforts, it was in my opinion a wonderful entertainment, an excellent thriller all the way through, and this one stands out also for its small but incredibly funny dose of comedy, which was not put there by accident and I’m sure it was all the result of Hitchcock’s twisted and brilliant mind.
Jane Wyman was spellbinding in the central role of Eve providing innocence, wit and lots of artfulness to her character. Marlene Dietrich was also remarkable, but perhaps even more memorable was Alastair Sim who played Eve’s cunning and lively father.
It’s important to mention that the writing…
So many factors in this seem much more interesting than they were presented. Not really sure why this didn't gel as well as it should have. Alastair Sim and Marlene Dietrich are always a delight.
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