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Alfred Hitchcock's Stage Fright
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
This is my fav Hitchcock movie. Unfortunately, this version is not digitally remastered. Picture and audio were poor and I gave up watching after about 15 minutes. I tossed it in the trash and ordered the more expensive version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2013
This was clearly copied from another source. The black backdrop with both an English and French ad on the case should have clued me in, but I was lured by the price. I don't know what is more disturbing: that it was an unwatchable bootleg, or that it was sold by Amazon (not some rogue seller).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
One of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies, great performances by a number of well known acters....wonderful humor, exciting, mysterious. Can't say enough good about it!
It has some of my favorite scenes in any movie, ever! I highly recommend this film. I have bought it several times for gifts to friends & family.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon October 8, 2013
Alfred Hitchcock's STAGE FREIGHT may seems like a minor motion picture in some ways, but I think this is due to Hitchcock's returning to England to make this film as sort of a holiday venture as he put or something to that nature. The British films at that time had a very artistically enchanting look about them, not the glossiness of American films. It is rather dry in its approach, yet droll at times and mysteriously atmospheric at others. It is an entertainingly good film and actually one of Hitchcock's more important ones. I would like to comment on what many reviewers have said about this particular Hitchcock film. Many of them stated and continue to state that this film is flawed because it contains a flashback that lies to the audience. They say that Hitchcock lied to his audience. This is untrue. The flashback was told from the point of view of Richard Todd's character. If his character does indeed tell a lie, that is entirely different than Hitchcock telling a lie. View this film and judge for yourself. In all Richard Todd's character is a very likable one and the audience just cannot subconsciously believe that he actually committed the crime. So in one instance Hitchcock gives the audience a way to back out of that notion.
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on August 17, 2014
Certainly not one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films but because it is Hitch, "Stage Fright" is still an entertaining and worthwhile effort. This was the last of his films before the so-called "golden years" which would begin with his next, the classic "Strangers on a Train" and conclude with the underrated "Marnie", and also his last film he would make in England for more than two decades. This 1950 yarn is a light and amusing film and although rarely heralded in the Hitchcock lexicon passes the time away with just enough Hitchcock flair to amuse and enthral. Jane Wyman is very effective as she tries to clear her old boyfriend Richard Todd, accused of bumping off the husband of his mistress, an actress, played by Marlene Dietrich. Probably the best feature, as in most Hitchcock films, is the abundance of fine character actors; this time, with a great bunch of British players: the delightful Alastair Sim, Sybil Thorndike, Kay Walsh, Miles Malleson, Andre Morell, Joyce Grenfell and daughter of Hitch, Patricia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
Was very interesting and exciting - especially with the flashbacks - you aren't ever sure which version of flashback is the real one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
There is no sound to this video. I buy a lot of TV and movie downloads on amazon, never had a problem before. I would like this refunded please...
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on April 22, 2015
I was expecting more from this movie but It was okay. Not my favorite Hitchcock film but a must for any Hitchcock fan.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2010
A fascinating film made fascinating by Marlene Dietrich (with some help from a false flash back--highly controversial at the time). The other performers haven't much of a chance (especially poor Jane Wyman--who had just ditched Ronny Reagan). Michael Wilding (the police inspector) manages to hold his own (barely) against Dietrich (the murder) and her over the top performance. Hitchcock's daughter, Patricia, has a tiny, close-to-real-life part.

To say the script drips (no pun) with drama and suspense is an understatement. It was films like this (released in 1949) which helped hold television at bay, at least for awhile longer.

They don't make `em much like this anymore. Nail-biting city and highly recommended!

WILLIAM FLANIGAN, Ph.D.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Actors playing actors could have fooled me. I couldn't believe Hitchcock had anything to do with this. I wonder how much the
public paid to see this when it was first released I would have asked for my money back.
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