Book a superb city centre stay in Liverpool with a night at Arthouse Hotel.
Enjoy sleeping in luxury in the Stage Fright room where you can enjoy a great nights sleep in a plush double bed after a long relaxing dip in the double whirlpool bath.
The Stage Fright room sleeps up to 6 guests and has a modern fitted kitchenette as well as up to date Bluetooth sound systems and a huge flat screen TV.
The Hitchcock rooms at Arthouse Hotel have each been themed around one of his celebrated classic movies. Stage Fright has an elegant decor that perfectly captures the glamour and mystery at the core of the movie’s plot.
What more Arthouse Hotel is ideally located close to the best shops, bars and restaruants in Liverpool giving our guests memorbale experiences of Liverpool from their stay.
Stage Fright (1950)
Wanted man Johnathan Cooper (Richard Todd) is on the run from police as he is suspected of murdering his actress lover Charlotte Inwood’s (Marlene Dietrich) husband. He goes into hiding with his ex-lover, struggling acting student Eve Gill (Jane Wyman) who then turns detective to try and clear him of suspicion. Doubling as Inwood’s maid she delves into the details of the plot suspecting along the way that Inwood is indeed the real culprit.
What transpires is a comedic murder mystery wrapped inside a love story.
Facts about the movie
One of the first movies from Hitchcock’s golden era of filmmaking Stage Fright is not the usual accumulation of thrilling, suspense that Hitchcock eventually became renowned. Instead what we see is a portrayal of comedic performances from gifted British actors.
The prominently British cast included Alistair Sim and Dame Sybil Thorndike in memorable comedic roles as Eve’s mother and father. The only American used in the film was Jane Wyman, and she was rumoured to have been cast purely for her recent Oscar win for Best Actress in Johnny Belinda.
In the end, Hitchcock believed Wyman failed to capture the essence of her character in Stage Fright because she didn’t like the way her character appeared on screen alongside the glamourous character of Dietrich.
German super star Marlene Dietrich takes on the role of Charlotte Inwood playing the main murder suspect in an utterly glamourous and seductive fashion.
The relationship between Dietrich and Hitchcock seems to have been one of mutual respect. In Stage Fright, Dietrich could direct and light her own shots and she was even given control over her hair, make-up and wardrobe (designed and created solely by Christian Dior). Hitchcock has always been flattering of the German actress’s professional approach to filming and vice versa.
Film accolades and critics
Stage Fright critics were quick to dismiss Hitchcock’s method of using the dishonest flashback in the early scenes of the movie. Critics state that this deliberately points the audience down a false path of suspicion.
Such flashback tricks have been utilised in movies such as The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy’s entire experience in Oz was only a dream and more recently in The Usual Suspects. Both movies escaped any criticism of falsifying flashback sequences and are among the best movies of their respective genres and times.
Hitchcock filmed Stage Fright in Britain to be near to his daughter Patricia whilst she attended the Royal Academy drama school. He even gave her a role in the movie with a character name of “Chubby Bannister”.
Due to strict food rationing at the time of filming Stage Fright Hitchcock had huge dinners and delicacies flown in from the US and delivered to upscale London restaurants. He then invited his leading ladies to dine with him saying “Ladies must be well fed”.
According to Dietrich, this is the only offset communication he had with both her and Wyman, as he did not wish to be idolised outside of his work.
Stage Fright has later been summarised as a way for Hitchcock to honour the craft of acting, his way of giving the audience a look behind the scenes at the lives of actors and actresses. Although there are indeed subtle hints of what we could expect from him in the future as far as intricate plots and intertwining love stories are concerned Stage Fright remains one of Hitchcock’s least thrilling movie creations.