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 notice of genuine detective Michael Wilding. Top-billed Marlene Dietrich plays… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hitchcock conjures a deep-rooted, irony-rich complicity of father and daughter that seems borrowed from the films of Howard Hawks and suggests the inner compass that helps to guard against chasing the wrong man."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"A fairly routine thriller, noted chiefly for its cheating flashback, though with much more to enjoy than its detractors -- including Hitchcock -- make out."
‑ , Time Out
"The standard British murder mystery is raised to a higher plateau by Hitchcock in Stage Fright, but still falters in comparison to the best of the master's works."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Even a lesser Hitchcock film is as good as a great film by nearly anyone else."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Fun rather than thrilling, this duplicitous tale certainly isn't Stranger On A Train, but Hitchcock's weak films are still better than most."
‑ Laura Bushell, Film4
"Wyman is delightful as embryo actress but the choice femme spot goes to Dietrich."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One is strongly suspicious, after watching this helter-skelter film, that Mr. Hitchcock was much less interested in his over-all story than in individual scenes."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Blame it on the subject matter: Stage Fright, especially for postwar Hitchcock, is all elbows."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"the central ridiculousness comes off as hokey at best, insulting at worst"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Stage Fright is hardly frightening."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The issues aren't satisfactorily resolved, but Hitchcock seems to be exploring the ways in which various falsehoods -- the falsehoods of acting, storytelling, and art in general -- can lead to the truth"
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's an entertaining film that deserves to become a cult favorite hit."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Good Dietrich vehicle with the famous "false flashback""
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Often overlooked Hitchcock that's better than some of his more famous works."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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