Review: ‘Stage Fright’

Alfred Hitchcock doesn't stress melodrama throughout. He plays a surprising number of sequences strictly for lightness. Also, he has a choice cast to put through its paces, and there's not a bad performance anywhere [In this adaption by Alma Reville of a novel by Selwyn Jepson]. The dialog has purpose, either for a chuckle or a thrill, and the pace is good.

Alfred Hitchcock doesn’t stress melodrama throughout. He plays a surprising number of sequences strictly for lightness. Also, he has a choice cast to put through its paces, and there’s not a bad performance anywhere [In this adaption by Alma Reville of a novel by Selwyn Jepson]. The dialog has purpose, either for a chuckle or a thrill, and the pace is good.

Jane Wyman is a drama student who is sought out by a friend (Richard Todd) who is fleeing from the charge of murdering Marlene Dietrich’s husband. Wyman and her father (Alistair Sim) hide Todd and attempt to prove Dietrich is guilty of the crime.

Wyman is delightful as embryo actress but the choice femme spot goes to Dietrich. Michael Wilding clicks as a debonair detective.

Stage Fright

US - UK

Production

Warner/Associated British. Director Alfred Hitchcock; Producer Alfred Hitchcock; Screenplay Whitfield Cook; Camera Wilkie Cooper; Editor Edward Jarvis; Music Leighton Lucas; Art Director Terence Verity

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Jane Wyman Marlene Dietrich Michael Wilding Richard Todd Kay Walsh Alistair Sim
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