History Film / StageFright

12th Mar '17 5:53:50 PM fearlessnikki
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[[caption-width-right:350:Pictured - the laziest girl in town on the right.]]



* AccentRelapse: Eve's cockney accent slips a few times, particularly when she's nervous or distressed. [[spoiler: She abandons it completely when she busts Charlotte]].



* AmateurSleuth: Eve Gill.

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* AmateurSleuth: Eve Gill.Gill for most of the movie.
* AngstWhatAngst: In-universe. Eve tries to use this to convince Smith of Charlotte's guilt, noting how she continues with her work so soon after her husband's death.



* BettyAndVeronica:
** Eve sees herself as the Betty to Charlotte's Veronica, at least where Jonathan is concerned.
** Jonathan himself turns into the Veronica to Smith's Betty, with Eve as the 'Archie'.
* BlackWidow: Essentially the reasons Charlotte has for killing her husband.
* BlindWithoutEm: Subverted for a little gag early on. Eve tries to disguise herself more elaborately before she poses as 'Doris', taking her mother's glasses. But even without them, her mother recognises her instantly.
* BluffingTheMurderer: Jonathan lies to Charlotte that he didn't destroy her blood-stained dress.
* CassandraTruth: The Commodore attempts to tell his wife the truth about Jonathan, but she thinks he's making fun of her.
* ChekhovsSkill: Eve being a RADA actress means she's very good at going undercover and playing a character.



* FemmeFatale: Charlotte Inwood. The 49-year-old Dietrich gives a sexier performance than Wyman.

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* FemmeFatale: Charlotte Inwood. The 49-year-old Dietrich gives Inwood is the film's antagonist, and is a sexier performance than Wyman.sultry seductress. [[spoiler: Played with in the sense that she ''didn't'' commit the murder in question]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Charlotte's song "The Laziest Girl In Town" contains the lyrics "it's not coz I wouldn't, it's not coz I shouldn't, it's not coz I wouldn't" - [[spoiler: foreshadowing that she got someone else to commit the murder in her place]].
** When Eve first meets Smith, she puts on a good act of being frail and distressed about the murder. [[spoiler: She pulls the same trick on Jonathan in the climax to out him]].



* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Before the movie even got started no less. [[spoiler: Jonathan taking time to smear more blood on Charlotte's dress to frame her for the murder led to him getting caught in the house]].
* HollywoodHomely: In-universe. Eve does this to herself to pass off as a lower class maid. Freddie and Charlotte suggest a few alterations to look attractive. When they see her dressed up for the garden party, it's an in-universe BeautifulAllAlong moment for them.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Wyman, playing an Englishwoman, sounding like Wyman. Although she does take some stabs at a working class accent when pretending to be Doris the maid.
** It's mentioned in passing that she was educated in America to explain her American accent.
** This also applies to Marlene Dietrich, whose character is also (presumably) English, but who keeps her famous German accent.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Wyman, playing NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent:
** Eve Gill is
an Englishwoman, sounding like Wyman. Although she does take some stabs at a working class accent when pretending to be Doris English girl but Jane Wyman keeps her American accent, with the maid.
** It's mentioned in passing
HandWave that she was educated in America America. She does however imitate a working class accent to explain her American accent.
pass herself off as Nellie's cousin.
** This also applies to Charlotte Inwood is presumably English but Marlene Dietrich, whose character is also (presumably) English, but who keeps Dietrich uses her famous German accent. Although since Inwood is her husband's last name, she could be German in this universe too.
* PetTheDog: Near the end, Charlotte gives Eve a little extra money and says she's been happy having her as a dresser. Likewise when she sees Eve dressed up at the garden party, she compliments her.
* PluckyGirl: Eve goes undercover to try and save her friend from being wrongfully committed of murder.
* SilkHidingSteel: [[spoiler: Once Eve gets the truth out of Jonathan, she seems like she's going to help him escape through the stage doors. As soon as he goes through, she locks them and screams to alert the police]].



* TheVamp: [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Two words: Marlene. Dietrich.]]

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Eve's actress friends who she tries to get to distract Smith. [[spoiler: They end up giving away that Eve hasn't been rehearsing with them]]. It's a double whammy with Eve's father, whose IndyPloy to [[spoiler: agitate Charlotte with a blood-stained doll blows Eve's cover in front of Smith]].
* TheVamp: [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Two words: Marlene. Dietrich.Charlotte. Inwood.]]


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* WrongGenreSavvy: Charlotte says to Eve "it's the scene of the crime the murderer returns to, not the theatre" - but sure enough, Jonathan does come to the theatre.
7th Oct '16 2:49:23 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AdaptationNameChange: In the book, Jonathan Cooper is called Jonathan Penrose.
18th Jan '16 10:35:11 PM ProbablyNotARobot
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* EngineeredPublicConfession: Eve pulls this on [[spoiler: Charlotte.]]


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* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler: Charlotte Inwood takes the news that she's confessed to being an accessory to murder rather well.]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: Jonathan is implied to have ended up this way after the stage's safety curtain lands on him.]]


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* TheVamp: [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Two words: Marlene. Dietrich.]]
18th Jan '16 10:18:49 PM ProbablyNotARobot
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Both as Eve and Doris, our amateur sleuth meets Detective Inspector Wilfred Smith (Wilding) and starts falling for him. But all is not as it seems. Charlotte may have benefited from the murder but there are clues that she is not the actual killer. Jonathan may not be as innocent as he acts. Smith knows more than he is willing to share with Eve. Charlotte convinced Jonathan to kill her husband for her. Much of his sob story was fabricated. He has actually killed before and has a violent temper. He eventually turns on Eve and tries to kill her too. Even the flashbacks are [[UnreliableNarrator unreliable]].

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Both as Eve and Doris, our amateur sleuth meets Detective Inspector Wilfred Smith (Wilding) and starts falling for him. But all is not as it seems. Charlotte may have benefited from the murder but [[spoiler: there are clues that she is not the actual killer. Jonathan may not be as innocent as he acts. Smith knows more than he is willing to share with Eve. Charlotte convinced Jonathan to kill her husband for her. Much of his sob story was fabricated. He has actually killed before and has a violent temper. He eventually turns on Eve and tries to kill her too. ]] Even the flashbacks are [[UnreliableNarrator unreliable]].



* ClearMyName: Why Jonathan needs Eve's help. Subverted when he turns out to be guilty.

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* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Used to great effect in the film's climax.
* ClearMyName: Why Jonathan needs Eve's help. [[spoiler: Subverted when he turns out to be guilty.]]



* MeaningfulName: Averted with Charlotte's maid, Nellie Goode. See {{Blackmail}} above. Lampshaded by Eve's father.



** It's mentioned in passing that she was educated in America to explain her American accent

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** It's mentioned in passing that she was educated in America to explain her American accentaccent.
** This also applies to Marlene Dietrich, whose character is also (presumably) English, but who keeps her famous German accent.



* WoundedGazelleGambit: Jonathan pretends to be the innocent victim of Charlotte. He may be her victim, but not really innocent.

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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Jonathan pretends to be the innocent victim of Charlotte. [[spoiler: He may be her victim, but not really innocent.]]
26th Jul '15 10:16:23 PM pratchettgaiman
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* UnreliableNarrator: Jonathan Cooper. "This movie is significant because it broke a long-established cinematic convention that flashbacks were always a true account of earlier events. In this film, though, the opening flashback turns out to be a lie, a device which at first baffled then enraged cinemagoers who felt that they had in some way been cheated."

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** It's mentioned in passing that she was educated in America to explain her American accent
* UnreliableNarrator: Jonathan Cooper. "This [[spoiler: This movie is significant because it broke a long-established cinematic convention that flashbacks were always a true account of earlier events. In this film, though, the opening flashback turns out to be a lie, a device which at first baffled then enraged cinemagoers who felt that they had in some way been cheated."]]
26th May '15 8:34:44 AM gallium
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* ClearMyName: Why Jonathan needs Eve's help. Subverted when he turns out to be guilty.
26th May '15 8:24:03 AM gallium
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* {{Blackmail}}: Eve bribes Charlotte's regular maid to take some sick days from work so Eve can get close to Charlotte as the temp maid. The maid then begins blackmailing Eve for more money.



* {{Fainting}}: Eve does this in a very obvious manner to prevent Smith's partner from catching Jonathan.



* MaliciousMisnaming:

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* MaliciousMisnaming: Charlotte knows her new temp maid is called "Doris" but keeps calling her things like "Elsie" or "Mavis".
26th May '15 8:21:27 AM gallium
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'''Stage Fright''' is a 1950 crime thriller film, based on the short story ''Man Running'' by Selwyn Jepson. It was directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock. The main stars were JaneWyman, Creator/MarleneDietrich, MichaelWilding and RichardTodd.

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'''Stage Fright''' ''Stage Fright'' is a 1950 crime thriller film, based on the short story ''Man Running'' by Selwyn Jepson. It was directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock. The main stars were JaneWyman, Creator/MarleneDietrich, MichaelWilding and RichardTodd.



Both as Eve and Doris, our amateur sleuth meets Detective Inspector Wilfred Smith (Wilding) and starts falling for him. But all is not as it seems. Charlotte may have benefited from the murder but there are clues that she is not the actual killer. Jonathan may not be as innocent as he acts. Smith knows more than he is willing to share with Eve. [[spoiler:Charlotte convinced Jonathan to kill her husband for her. Much of his sob story was fabricated. He has actually killed before and has a violent temper. He eventually turns on Eve and tries to kill her too]]. Even the flashbacks are [[UnreliableNarrator unreliable]].

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Both as Eve and Doris, our amateur sleuth meets Detective Inspector Wilfred Smith (Wilding) and starts falling for him. But all is not as it seems. Charlotte may have benefited from the murder but there are clues that she is not the actual killer. Jonathan may not be as innocent as he acts. Smith knows more than he is willing to share with Eve. [[spoiler:Charlotte Charlotte convinced Jonathan to kill her husband for her. Much of his sob story was fabricated. He has actually killed before and has a violent temper. He eventually turns on Eve and tries to kill her too]]. too. Even the flashbacks are [[UnreliableNarrator unreliable]].unreliable]].



* DawsonCasting: Eve is supposed to be a young acting student, probably in her 20s. She is played by 33-year-old Jane Wyman, the former wife of RonaldReagan.

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* DawsonCasting: CreatorCameo: As usual with Alfred Hitchcock. Here a very obvious one, as he walks right past Eve and glances back at her as Eve is supposed to be a young acting student, probably in going over her 20s. She is played by 33-year-old Jane Wyman, the former wife of RonaldReagan.fake "Doris" identity.


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* DrivingADesk: Very obvious on mutliple occasions as people are driving around.


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* HaveAGayOldTime: "Must be dreadful to sing and dance and be gay with that horrible picture still burning in one's mind."
* InMediasRes: The movie opens with Eve driving a panicked Jonathan to safety. He then tells her the story of how Charlotte got him to clean up for her after she killed her husband.
* MaliciousMisnaming:
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Wyman, playing an Englishwoman, sounding like Wyman. Although she does take some stabs at a working class accent when pretending to be Doris the maid.


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* WidowsWeeds: Charlotte's insincerity is demonstrated in a scene where she's preening and primping while putting on widow's weeds, wondering if she can show more cleavage.


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* YourCheatingHeart: Charlotte was cheating on her husband with Jonathan.
5th Jul '12 1:02:05 AM FELH2
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'''Stage Fright''' is a 1950 crime thriller film, based on the short story ''Man Running'' by Selwyn Jepson. It was directed by AlfredHitchcock. The main stars were JaneWyman, Creator/MarleneDietrich, MichaelWilding and RichardTodd.

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'''Stage Fright''' is a 1950 crime thriller film, based on the short story ''Man Running'' by Selwyn Jepson. It was directed by AlfredHitchcock. Creator/AlfredHitchcock. The main stars were JaneWyman, Creator/MarleneDietrich, MichaelWilding and RichardTodd.
RichardTodd.



* AmateurSleuth: Eve Gill.

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* AmateurSleuth: Eve Gill.



* DistressedDude: Jonathan. Wanted by the police and in desperate need of protection.
* DotingParent: The Commodore is apparently willing to do everything for his daughter, including harboring wanted criminals.
* FemmeFatale: Charlotte Inwood. The 49-year-old Dietrich gives a sexier performance than Wyman.

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* DistressedDude: Jonathan. Wanted by the police and in desperate need of protection.
protection.
* DotingParent: The Commodore is apparently willing to do everything for his daughter, including harboring wanted criminals.
criminals.
* FemmeFatale: Charlotte Inwood. The 49-year-old Dietrich gives a sexier performance than Wyman.
25th Jun '12 3:38:48 PM LordGro
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'''Stage Fright''' is a 1950 crime thriller film, based on the short story ''Man Running'' by Selwyn Jepson. It was directed by AlfredHitchcock. The main stars were JaneWyman, MarleneDietrich, MichaelWilding and RichardTodd.

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'''Stage Fright''' is a 1950 crime thriller film, based on the short story ''Man Running'' by Selwyn Jepson. It was directed by AlfredHitchcock. The main stars were JaneWyman, MarleneDietrich, Creator/MarleneDietrich, MichaelWilding and RichardTodd.






* WoundedGazelleGambit: Jonathan pretends to be the innocent victim of Charlotte. He may be her victim, but not really innocent.

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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Jonathan pretends to be the innocent victim of Charlotte. He may be her victim, but not really innocent.innocent.
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