Talk:Stage Fright (1950 film)

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A note[edit]

What was that thing that killed Jonathan? I think I heard one of the officers shouting to put down the curtain, but that thing looked more like a movable backdrop for different scenes. But those things are lowered slowly, they don't just shoot down and impale people, right? VolatileChemical 18:02, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

It's a fire curtain- the name is deceptive, it's a heavy wall of metal that in the old days was covered with asbestos. In case the stage catches fire it is meant to drop very fast to contain the flames. Many theaters still have them.--Saxophobia 22:06, 10 July 2006 (UTC)

At the very beginning, before the opening credits, a "Safety Curtain" is shown drawing up! I always found that strange, but if it is the safety/fire curtain that kills Jonathan in the end, surely this must be a clever piece of subliminal foreshadowing? Is that worth mentioning in some way in the article? Omgplz (talk) 10:25, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

Text from Jepson article[edit]

I removed this from the article about Selwyn Jepson; if anyone wants to integrate it here, feel free. I'm just fixing links. Her Pegship 15:30, 19 May 2006 (UTC)

Based on Selwyn Jepson's murder mystery, Stage Fright tells the tale of a young acting student forced to discover her true dramatic talents when an old friend comes to her for help, trying to prove he is innocent of a murder. Deception is the order of the day as drama student Eve Gil (Jane Wyman) is forced to track down clues with her father, risking her own life in the process.

Over the opening credits a theatrical safety curtain rises, revealing not a stage but London street life--the actual stage for Hitchcock's mystery. Eve Gill (Wyman) is an acting student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) when she runs into a former boyfriend, Jonathan Cooper (Todd), who explains how his mistress, stage and singing star Charlotte Inwood (Dietrich, in marvellous form), came to him wearing a dress bloodied when she killed her husband. Because of his involvement with the singer, Jonathan is suspected and must turn to Eve for help.

Eve must pose in many guises to get to the truth, and her nimble, multifaceted performance is commendable.

The film drew criticism for both his provocative use of false flashbacks and the relative absence of any real threat of danger. Hitchcock's main interest in the film, and its most fascinating aspect today, is the concentration on acting and deception. Like MURDER in 1930 (and the same year's ALL ABOUT EVE), STAGE FRIGHT has an actress as the heroine. Here Eve gets her finest training from real life. She is forced her to appear as something different to everyone--an actress, a maid, a Nancy Drew-type, and a newspaper reporter--with London serving as her stage, and death being her greatest fright. Shot at England's Elstree Studios, it was the last film Hitchcock shot in his home country until 1971 when he returned to film FRENZY.

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BetacommandBot (talk) 06:12, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Shortening the plot summary[edit]

I have been working to condense the plot summary, which was too long. It is not necessary to mention every scene, just to give the outline of the plot. I have cut it down by a couple of hundred words. Invertzoo (talk) 13:27, 31 October 2013 (UTC)