Stage Fright

Synopsis: Jonathan Cooper is wanted by the police who suspect him of killing his lover's husband. His friend Eve Gill offers to hide him and Jonathan explains to her that his lover, actress Charlotte Inwood is the real murderer. Eve decides to investigate for herself, but when she meets the detective in charge of the case, she starts to fall in love.
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Production: IMAX
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

- Any sign of the police?

- No, no sign.

- Looks like we're getting away with it.

- Good.

- How far is it to your father's boat?

- Two hours with luck.

Your luck seems to be very good,

touching wood.

Could you tell me now what happened?

I'd really like to know.

Only if you feel like it.

It's Charlotte Inwood.

- She's in a jam.

- That doesn't surprise me.

No, this is serious, Eve.

Deadly serious.

She was all over the place.

I had to help her. Anybody would have.

I was in my kitchen. It was about 5:00.

The doorbell rang, and I went downstairs

to see who it was.

Jonnie, you love me. Say that you

love me. You do love me, don't you?

I think he's dead. I'm sure he's dead.

I didn't mean it. I didn't mean it.

- Who's dead?

- My husband.

We had a terrible quarrel about you.

Oh, he was vile.

You know the sort of things he can say.

He started to hit me.

I grabbed something.

I was out of my mind with fear.

Oh, what am I to do?

Darling, pull yourself together.

He may not be.

The curtains, Jonnie. Draw the curtains.

I thought I had some brandy.

Here, drink this.

He was an abominable man.

Why do women marry abominable men?

- Where was all this?

- In my bedroom.

- Anyone else in the house?

- I left the servants in the country.

I drove up early to have an hour's rest

before the performance.

Oh, what shall I do?

I can't go on. I can't.

- Has anyone seen you?

- No. I don't think so.

There wasn't a soul in the street.

I jumped into my car and came here.

It's parked around the corner.

Oh, Jonnie, what will they do to me?

Don't tremble like that. We'll find a way.

We'll see you're all right.

But you must call the theater.

I can't play tonight.

Tell them I'm ill.

Heavens, it'll be true enough.

No, you must go on tonight.

You've got to.

As if nothing had happened.

Nothing has happened.

You drove straight to the theater,

do you understand?

You haven't been home at all.

Now, get that into your head.

But my dress. There's blood on it.

- I must go back and change.

- No, you can't do that.

Or I could go myself.

Oh, darling, could you?

There's no one there.

I'd give you the key.

There's a blue dress like this

in the big cupboard... to my window in the bedroom.

Here's the key.

- Are you sure the servants aren't back?

- No, but you must hurry. Oh, please, Jonnie.

This is my only chance.

- You will, won't you?

- It's a risk.

Let me think a minute. I mean...

Well, you know I want to help you, but...

Go or don't go. It's all the same.

I thought you loved me.

- Doesn't matter now.

- Oh, my dear. My darling.

I'd do anything for you. You know that.

I'll be as quick as I can.

It was your maid, Nellie.

Oh, yes.

She was going to the house to pick up

some shoes I need for the show.

- Did she recognize you?

- I don't know.

You ought to get to the theater. The police

are bound to go there to tell you the news.

Give me my belt, darling, will you?

Oh, Jonnie, what have I done to you?

If Nellie recognized you,

it won't be safe here.

- You ought to go away.

- I don't think that'll do much good.

But they'll come here.

You must go at once.

Oh, my dearest darling,

you have saved me.

We must think of you now.

You've got to hide.

What do I care what happens to me?

Your job is to try to forget everything.

Let me do the worrying. I'll find a way.

Then we'll start again,

won't we, you and I?

No more stealth and cheating and lying.

I must hurry, darling.

But I worry about you.

Well, you mustn't. You're an actress.

You're playing a part.

- No nerves when you're on.

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Whitfield Cook

George Whitfield Cook III (April 9, 1909 – November 12, 2003) was an American writer of screenplays, stage plays, short stories and novels, best known for his contributions to two Alfred Hitchcock films, Stage Fright and Strangers on a Train. He also wrote scripts for several TV series, including Suspense, Climax! and Playhouse 90. more…

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