The New Pictures, Mar. 13, 1950

Stage Fright (Warner) is a comedy melodrama that most moviemakers could be proud of. For Director Alfred Hitchcock, who must compete with his own overpowering reputation, it is something less. Far superior to his recent, blighted Under Capricorn, it is hardly in the running with such oldtime Hitchcock classics as The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes.

Never a man to make things easy for himself, Director Hitchcock has tried in Stage Fright to work within the discipline of a tricky story conceit: his heroine (Jane Wyman) plays romantic nip & tuck simultaneously with...