Stage Fright

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Stage Fright toys with our notions of the dividing line between reality and artifice by being set in the London theatre world. On the lam from the police, Richard Todd takes refuge in the home of his former girlfriend, RADA student Jane Wyman. Todd has been spotted fleeing the scene of a murder, but he insists that he's innocent. Wyman believes his story, but knows that the police won't, so she decides to play detective herself. She also plays several other roles in a variety of disguises so as to escape the ...
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Stage Fright toys with our notions of the dividing line between reality and artifice by being set in the London theatre world. On the lam from the police, Richard Todd takes refuge in the home of his former girlfriend, RADA student Jane Wyman. Todd has been spotted fleeing the scene of a murder, but he insists that he's innocent. Wyman believes his story, but knows that the police won't, so she decides to play detective herself. She also plays several other roles in a variety of disguises so as to escape the notice of genuine detective Michael Wilding. Top-billed Marlene Dietrich plays a Dietrich-like chanteuse whom Wyman pigeonholes as the real murderer.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; New making-of documentary Hitchcock and Stage Fright ; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español
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Alfred Hitchcock returns to the well of his favorite subject -- an innocent man framed for a terrible crime -- and puts an intriguing twist on it in this otherwise ordinary thriller. In this case, Richard Todd stars as the mark whose opening flashback reveals how he accidentally took the blame for a murder committed by his treacherous mistress (Marlene Dietrich). This revelation turns out to be the film's biggest mistake since it is a lie -- an interesting twist, but one that should have been detailed in real time rather than in a flashback. Another gaffe is that none of the characters ever appear to be in any real danger. In his interviews with François Truffaut, Hitchcock fully admitted that these errors are the film's biggest undoing in addition to his feeling that Todd's villain was rather weak. Stage Fright's real gem is Jane Wyman who portrays a willowy young actress whose crush on Todd leads her to helping hide him while trying to prove his innocence. Her beguiling turn as the attractive and earnest Eve is taken up a notch when she uses her acting talents pretending to be a madcap replacement maid for Dietrich's mistress. Interestingly, Wyman turned out to be a handful for Hitchcock when she continuously tried to make her character more glamorous to keep up with the sexy Dietrich. Alastair Sim, in a role just prior to his classic turn as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, is excellent in a small role as Eve's father. "It'll be one woman to another," Wyman's Eve explains to him on a proposed confrontation with Dietrich, to which he comically replies, "An impressive situation at any time." Based on the novel by Selwyn Jepson, Stage Fright is a film that falls somewhere in the middle of Hitchcock's canon. His cameo comes 40 minutes into the picture when he passes Wyman on the street and then turns to stare at her.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • UPC: 085393186524
  • Original Release: 1950
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Wyman Eve Gill
Marlene Dietrich Charlotte Inwood
Michael Wilding Insp. Wilfred Smith
Richard Todd Jonathan Cooper
Kay Walsh Nellie Goode
Alastair Sim Commodore Gill
Sybil Thorndike Mrs. Gill
Miles Malleson Bibulous gent
Hector MacGregor Freddie Williams
Joyce Grenfell Shooting Gallery Attendant
Andre Morell Inspector Byard
Patricia Hitchcock Chubby Bannister
Ballard Berkeley Sergeant Mellish
Cyril Chamberlain
Helen Goss
Everley Gregg
Irene Handl
Alfred Hitchcock Passerby on Street as Wyman Talks to Herself
Arthur Howard
Jenny Neumann
Talks to Self
Gary Sweet
Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director, Producer
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
James Bridie Screenwriter
Whitfield Cook Screenwriter
Wilkie Cooper Cinematographer
Christian Dior Costumes/Costume Designer
Colin Garde Makeup
Edward B. Jarvis Editor
Harold King Sound/Sound Designer
Louis Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Louiguy Songwriter
Leighton Lucas Score Composer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Edith Piaf Songwriter
Cole Porter Songwriter
Alma Reville Screenwriter
Terence Verity Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Curtain Up On Credits [1:04]
2. Woman In a Bloody Dress [3:50]
3. Seen at the Crime Scene [5:24]
4. Escaping the Police [5:15]
5. Commodore's Suspicions [6:06]
6. She Might Murder You [2:00]
7. Why Not Ask the Police? [3:22]
8. Pub Encounters [4:30]
9. Detective Inspector Smith [3:40]
10. Call Her Doris [2:15]
11. Recognizable Faces [2:22]
12. Maid Masquerade [5:48]
13. Querying the Widow [3:09]
14. Just Like Sherlock Holmes [5:05]
15. The Only Murderer Here [2:18]
16. The Laziest Gal in Town [3:23]
17. Fugitive On the Premises [4:44]
18. Surprise Guest [3:28]
19. In a Woman's Mind [3:52]
20. Rain-Soaked Blackmail [3:17]
21. Mixed Signals [4:32]
22. Shooting Lovely Ducks [4:22]
23. Bloody Unnerved [3:22]
24. No Longer Acting [3:47]
25. A Certain Dress [3:36]
26. Sacred Truth [5:06]
27. I Had a Dog Once [3:10]
28. Alone With a Killer [4:50]
29. Final Curtain [1:37]
30. Cast List [:24]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Hitchcock and Stage Fright
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
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