All through the month of January, The Loft celebrates the films of Alfred Hitchcock and the women who made them classics! They were daring and beautiful. They were sophisticated, smart, cool and dangerous. And most importantly, they were blondes … Hitchcock Blondes.
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“Stage Fright is one of the director's most underrated and entertaining films … a skillful murder mystery that is also about Hitchcock’s fascination with the acting profession.” – Jeff Stafford, Turner Classic Movies
On the lam from the police, Jonathan Cooper (Richard Todd) takes refuge in the home of his former girlfriend, struggling young actress Eve Gil (Jane Wyman). Todd has been spotted fleeing the scene of a murder, but he insists that he's innocent. Eve believes his story, but knows that the police won't, so she decides to play detective herself, using her acting skills to assume a variety of disguises that lead her into the London theatre world where all signs point to a flamboyant actress/singer, blonde bombshell Charolette Inwood (Marlene Dietrich), as the murderer. But on the stage, things are never quite as they seem, and this curtain call could be a real killer! In Stage Fright, Alfred Hitchcock spins a tricky tale of suspense (shot through with plenty of dark humor) that constantly toys with our notions of the dividing line between artifice and reality. The film’s theatrical setting gave Hitch full reign to playfully indulge his career-long fascination with acting, identity and role-playing (a fascination which later bloomed into full-on delirium in Vertigo), a gambit most overtly apparent in the delightfully over-the-top performance by Marlene Dietrich, giving one of her greatest film performances as a “Dietrich-like” chanteuse infamous for her diva behavior and hilariously sexy musical performances (including “The Laziest Gal in Town,” a tune written specifically for the film by Cole Porter, and later parodied to stellar effect in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles). An underrated gem in the Hitchcock canon! (Dir. by Alfred Hitchcock, 1950, UK, 110 mins., Not Rated) Digital