1950 – Stage Fright

★★★★☆ USA / UK. 1h50m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Whitfield Cook, Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) and Alma Reville, James Bridie (story) and Selwyn Jepson (“Man Running”). Cinematography by Wilkie Cooper. Edited by Edward B. Jarvis. Music by Leighton Lucas. Starring Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Wilding, Richard Todd, Alastair Sim, Sybil Thorndike, Kay Walsh, Miles Malleson, Hector MacGregor, Joyce Grenfell, Pat Hitchcock.

Eve Gill (Jane Wyman) is an aspiring actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. She is interrupted in rehearsal by her friend (and crush), actor Jonathan Cooper (Richard Todd), the secret lover of flamboyant stage actress/singer Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich). Via a flashback, he says Charlotte visited him after killing her husband; she was wearing a bloodstained dress. Jonathan claims he went back to her house for another dress, but was seen by Nellie Goode (Kay Walsh), Charlotte’s cockney maid/dresser. He escaped the police and needs help.

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