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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.
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Director:
Writers:
Thornton Wilder (screenplay) &
Sally Benson (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 January 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Blast of DRAMATIC Dynamite exploded right before your eyes!
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Among the greatest Hitchock classics of the 40's See more (226 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
 
Thanks
Thornton Wilder .... we wish to acknowledge the contribution of, to the preparation of this production (as Mr. Thornton Wilder)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shadow of Doubt" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Chile:18 | 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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Trivia:
"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 11, 1946 with Joseph Cotten reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Herbie Hawkins:Well, if I was gonna kill you, I wouldn't do a dumb thing like hitting you on the head. First of all, I don't like the fingerprint angle. Of course, I could always wear gloves. Press your hands against the pipe after you were dead and make you look like a suicide. Except it don't seem hardly likely that you'd beat yourself to death with a club. I'd murder you so it didn't look like murder.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Merry Widow WaltzSee more »

FAQ

What was engraved on the emerald ring that Uncle Charlie gave to Charlie?
Any recommendations for other movies by Alfred Hitchcock?
Is 'Shadow of a Doubt' based on a book?
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48 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Among the greatest Hitchock classics of the 40's, 17 November 2003
Author: Mika Pykäläaho (bygis80@hotmail.com) from Järvenpää, Finland

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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