Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. UK. 1950. NR. 110 minutes. Warner. 35mm.
Sun., March 5, 2017
We’re proud to participate in the first annual Reel Film Day (3.5)!
14 year-old organist Brett Miller will play the pipe organ before the screening, from 1:30 – 2:00.
This month, thanks to the urgings of numerous Hitchcock fans, we are bypassing the Master’s more famous films (such as Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Psycho, etc., etc.) and presenting several of his less famous, but equally ingenious, classic thrillers. Stage Fright is the last production that Hitchcock filmed in his native England until Frenzy (shown later this month) almost twenty-five years later. It features Jane Wyman as a drama student in London who ends up drawing heavily upon her thespian skills as she seeks to help a former boyfriend (Richard Todd), suspected of murdering the husband of his current mistress, the ever-lovely Marlene Dietrich. With comic diversions from such British notables as Alistair Sim, Joyce Grenfell and Sybil Thorndyke, and even a couple of songs from Ms. Dietrich, this is a seldom seen whodunnit filled with fine twists and surprises. (Bill Roth)