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Shadow of a Doubt -- A charming killer hides out in his relatives' small hometown, where he befriends his favorite niece and namesake -- who begins to suspect that he may be the famed Merry Widow murderer.
Shadow of a Doubt -- Trailer for the Hitchcock classic.


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15 January 1943 (USA) See more »
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A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Teresa Wright ... Young Charlie

Joseph Cotten ... Uncle Charlie

Macdonald Carey ... Jack Graham

Henry Travers ... Joseph Newton
Patricia Collinge ... Emma Newton

Hume Cronyn ... Herbie Hawkins

Wallace Ford ... Fred Saunders
Edna May Wonacott ... Ann Newton
Charles Bates ... Roger Newton
Irving Bacon ... Station Master

Clarence Muse ... Pullman Porter
Janet Shaw ... Louise Finch
Estelle Jewell ... Catherine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Bates ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Phillips (uncredited)
Frances Carson ... Mrs. Potter (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Mr. Norton - Traffic Cop (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Doctor's Wife on Train (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Doctor on Train (uncredited)
Karen X. Gaylord ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Vaughan Glaser ... Dr. Phillips (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man on Train Playing Cards (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Mrs. MacCurdy (uncredited)
Eily Malyon ... Mrs. Cochran - Librarian (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Detective (uncredited)

Charles Metten ... Teen at Crosswalk (uncredited)
Shirley Mills ... Shirley (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Mrs. Martin - Landlady (uncredited)

Robert Quarry ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Isabel Randolph ... Margaret Green (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Rev. MacCurdy (uncredited)
Byron Shores ... Detective (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Mr. Green - Bank President (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. Henderson - Clerk at Telegraph Office (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Thornton Wilder (screenplay) &
Sally Benson (screenplay) &
Alma Reville (screenplay)

Gordon McDonell (from an original story by)

Produced by
Jack H. Skirball .... producer
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin (original musical score)
Cinematography by
Joseph A. Valentine (director of photography) (as Joseph Valentine)
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth (film editor)
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations) (as R.A.Gausman)
Costume Design by
Vera West (costumes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Tummel .... assistant director
Ralph Slosser .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Robert F. Boyle .... associate art director (as Robert Boyle)
Edward R. Robinson .... associate set decorator (as E.R. Robinson)
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... director of sound
Robert Pritchard .... technician
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photography (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrian .... gowns: Teresa Wright
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
Other crew
Adele Cannon .... set continuity
Thornton Wilder .... we wish to acknowledge the contribution of, to the preparation of this production (as Mr. Thornton Wilder)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Shadow of Doubt" - USA (poster title)
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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 | Ireland:PG | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 (2004) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #9011) (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1984) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Director Trademark: [Alfred Hitchcock] [bathroom]"BM" is engraved on a ring.See more »
Continuity: In the beginning of the film, when the landlady enters Uncle Charlie's room, he is lying on the bed with his hands crossed on his belly holding a cigar. For a moment he appears with his hands and the cigar on his chest.See more »
Ann Newton:God bless Mama, Papa, Captain Midnight, Veronica Lake, and the President of the United States.See more »
Movie Connections:
The Merry Widow WaltzSee more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Hitchcock does it again, 1 January 2011
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

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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