A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
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 worst about her dearly beloved uncle Charlie. Written by
When Charlotte Newton is talking to her father from her bed, her father switches from standing in the doorway to leaning against the door frame in between shots. See more »
Your picking us as an average family kind of gave me a funny feeling.
What kind of a funny feeling?
Oh, I don't know. I guess I don't like to be an average girl in an average family.
Average families are the best. Look at me. I'm from an average family.
As average as ours?
Sure. Besides, I don't think you're average.
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In one of his most chilling and memorable intrigues Alfred Hitchcock
lays bare the myth of small town virtue with a perverse piece of
Americana about a wholesome family unaware of the gruesome skeleton
lurking in its closet. The arrival of everyone's much loved Uncle
Charlie (Joseph Cotton, in his favorite role) is the catalyst to
disaster, with eldest daughter Charlie in particular welcoming the
arrival of her affectionate namesake as a relief from the humdrum
routine of suburban life. But evidence soon begins to suggest the elder
Charles might actually be a cold-blooded serial killer, and a lethal
game of charades begins between uncle and niece: she knows the truth,
and he knows that she knows the truth. The tension builds to an
alarming climax, in a trademark sequence (another one for the Hitchcock
highlight reel) showing the Master of Suspense at the top of his form.
The film was shot in sunny Santa Rosa, California, where the shadows
are darker because the sunlight is so much brighter.
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