Stage Fright
Stage Fright (1950)

Jonathan Cooper is wanted by the police who suspect him of killing his lover's husband. His friend Eve Gill offers to hide him and Jonathan explains to her that his lover, actress Charlotte Inwood is the real murderer. Eve decides to… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 15, 1950
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Time Out

A fairly routine thriller, noted chiefly for its cheating flashback, though with much more to enjoy than its detractors -- including Hitchcock -- make out.

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TV Guide

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.

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Variety Staff

Wyman is delightful as embryo actress but the choice femme spot goes to Dietrich.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Blame it on the subject matter: Stage Fright, especially for postwar Hitchcock, is all elbows.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

It's an entertaining film that deserves to become a cult favorite hit.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Good Dietrich vehicle with the famous "false flashback"

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
When I first started watching Alfred Hitchcock's movies, I would pretend I was part of an alien race that was going to pillage Planet Hitchcock. Not… More
Randy Tippy
Hitchcock considered the film's 'false flashback' sequence to be one of his greatest mistakes, citing that it made audiences feel betrayed.… More
Jennifer D
I watched it only because it was going off of Netflix streaming. I just for the life of me could not get into this film. I wasn't invested in any character… More
Cassandra Maples
With such an unusual set of components, it was probably inevitable that "Stage Fright" would be a little uneven, but most of it works well enough. By… More
Aj V
This is such a creative and fun mystery movie. Sometimes it's a little confusing maybe, but in the end it's worth it. For some reason this is a… More
Lady D'arbanville
My least favourite Hitchcock, so far, I was a little bored of this one and didn?t think the storyline measured up to some of the others. Maybe there was too… More