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Director:
Writers:
Thornton Wilder (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 »
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Quiet, remarkable thriller See more (231 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) | 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:
The bridge in the opening of the movie is the Pulaski Skyway that carries U.S. Routes 1 and 9 between Jersey City N.J. and Newark N.J.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Near the beginning of the movie, Ann answers the phone when the telegraph office calls. She delivers all her responses without pausing long enough to allow the caller to respond.See more »
Quotes:
Uncle Charlie:You think you know something, don't you? You think you're the clever little girl who knows something. There's so much you don't know, so much. What do you know, really? You're just an ordinary little girl, living in an ordinary little town. You wake up every morning of your life and you know perfectly well that there's nothing in the world to trouble you...See more »
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Soundtrack:
The Merry Widow WaltzSee more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Quiet, remarkable thriller, 23 April 2008
Author: Framescourer from London, UK

Top-drawer Hitchcock. It's got everything you'd expect from the director - although he's sparing with his usual tropes of tension-building. The story is strong enough without it.

From the start there's something different about this film, something that one only really encounters in Psycho. Following the ballroom titles (David Lynch cannot possibly have begun Mulholland Drive unaware of this tiny, recurring set piece) we meet the first protagonist Charlie (Joseph Cotten). He's in a state closer to that of Camus' disengaged fumeur Meursault than any other conventional leading man. The rest of the film pans out in this ambiguous way. Whomsoever Charlie meets or has to engage with, his manner is wretchedly bipolar - either violent or ebullient. His is the world-wearied end of the family that he goes to visit. This much steadier, morally ring-fenced world has it's own version of Uncle Charlie in the eldest daughter by the same name. Teresa Wright (a dead ringer for Ellen Page) has all his sensitivity but none of his front-line experience of life. The film charts her awakening.

A brilliant, adult and humorous film I found myself laughing out loud and close to tears - the unsullied joy of the family at the opening is disarmingly unaffected. It's also one of the most sexually electric films I've seen in a very long time. 8/10

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