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Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

 -  Thriller  -  15 January 1943 (USA)
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A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be.

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Charlotte 'Charlie' Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much traveled uncle Charlie Oakley, her mother's younger brother. Imagine her delight when, out of the blue, they receive a telegram from uncle Charlie announcing that he is coming to visit them for awhile. Charlie Oakley creates quite a stir and charms the ladies club as well as the bank president where his brother-in-law works. Young Charlie begins to notice some odd behavior on his part, such as cutting out a story in the local paper about a man who marries and then murders rich widows. When two strangers appear asking questions about him, she begins to imagine the worse about her dearly beloved uncle Charlie. Written by garykmcd

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Alfred Hitchcock:  on the train to Santa Rosa playing cards. He has the entire suit of spades in his hand, including the symbolic ace. See more »

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When Young Charlie finds she's locked in the garage with the car's engine running, she might reasonably have gone back to the car and broken out through the door with the car driven in reverse. See more »

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[Uncle Charlie visits the bank]
Uncle Charlie: Hello, Joe. Can you stop embezzling a minute and give me your attention?
Joseph Newton: Oh, uh, Charles, we don't joke about such things here.
Uncle Charlie: Aw, what's a little shortage in the books at the end of the month? Any good bank clerk can cover up a little shortage. Isn't that right, Charlie?
Young Charlie: Uncle Charlie, you're awful. Everyone can hear you.
Uncle Charlie: Good thing they can. We all know what banks are. Look all right to an outsider, but no one knows what goes on when the doors are locked. Can't...
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Among the greatest Hitchock classics of the 40's
17 November 2003 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

The ultimate master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock directed his fascinating masterpiece "Shadow of a doubt" at the age of 44 and it was a terrific improvement after the classic "Saboteur" which was definitely a great Hitch movie too, don't get me wrong here. Could it be more simple: this one just had a perfect story that really touched the audience and the whole wicked idea of finding out you have a killer uncle is most exciting when you think of it. It could happen to anybody, I'm sure. No wonder this was one of Hitchcock's own personal favorites. "Shadow of a doubt" may not be the finest Hitchcock-movie of the 40's, though. I admit I haven't seen all of them but I think "Rope" was ever better and "Spellbound" at least just as marvelous but it's safe to say this is one of the most stylish Hitchcock-movies of the decade. What a shame Joseph Cotten never became a bigger star because his powerful performance was one of the most memorable elements of the film.


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