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Selwyn Jepson's novel first appeared as a serial in Collier's from 9 August-September 13, 1947. According to the production notes included in the film's file at the AMPAS Library, Marlene Dietrich's costumes were designed by Christian Dior. Some scenes were filmed on location at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, in two residences in Mayfair, a London pub, the interior of the Scala Theatre and at locations around Chelsea. Director Alfred Hitchcock makes his customary cameo by walking past Jane Wyman on the street.
Stage Fright marked the first speaking role of Hitchcock's daughter Patricia. An article in New York Times reports that camera operator Jack Haste used the same self-propelling crane and special camera that were used in Hitchcock's "one-take" film Rope (see entry above). "The Laziest Gal in Town" was written especially for Dietrich by Cole Porter, and she made it one of her signature songs, performing it for years in her nightclub act.