Stage Hoax is the 40th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on April 21, 1952, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal International.
- There is no director's credit for this film. Lantz himself has claimed to have directed Stage Hoax.
- Though she is only providing the voice of Woody in drag, Stage Hoax marks the first occasion Grace Stafford provided dialogue for Woody. In the previous eight cartoons, Stafford was restricted to supplying the woodpecker's trademark laugh. This also marks the first time Dal McKennon provided actual dialogue for Wally Walrus, other than the usual "Yeow" (he yells "Whoa!!" when he stopping the stage coach to pick up the disguised Woody).
- Stage Hoax marks the last time Woody wore yellow colored gloves in the series (Woody began wearing them in Wicket Wacky). Woody went back to wearing white gloves in Woodpecker in the Rough.