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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:
Hitchcock's first masterpiece See more (212 total) »

Cast

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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
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)
Vaughan Glaser ... Dr. Phillips (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man on Train Playing Cards (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 ... Mrs. 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)
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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:
In his interview with François Truffaut on "Shadow" (first published in 1967), Alfred Hitchcock said the dense, black smoke belching from the train that brings Charles Oakley to Santa Rosa was a deliberate symbol of imminent evil.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: While Charlie watches the cab take her family to Uncle Charlie's speech, the shadows of crew members are visible against the bushes in the background.See more »
Quotes:
Young Charlie:We're not just an uncle and a niece. It's something else. I know you. I know you don't tell people a lot of things. I don't either. I have a feeling that inside you there's something nobody knows about... something secret and wonderful. I'll find it out.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 'Torn Curtain' Rising (2000) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Merry Widow WaltzSee more »

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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Hitchcock's first masterpiece, 7 November 2006
Author: faraaj-1 (faraajqureshi2401@gmail.com) from Sydney, Australia

Shadow of a Doubt is perhaps Hitchcock's first real masterpiece - a more mature film than The 39 Steps or Rebecca. It is also incidentally his favorite of his own films. The sleepy town of Santa Rosa is far removed from the very real events of WW-2, events that figured at least a mention if not a central influence on most films of that period. Hitchcock's Rear Window and Vertigo were also far removed from the realities of the Cold War and the Communist Witch-Hunts of the 50's.

Shadow is taut with sexual tension - the incestuous overtones of the mental affinity of niece and uncle Charlie, the lusty infatuations of Charlie's teenage friend Catherine, and Herb, who just happens to be around the corner where ever we see Charlie. Charlie, the niece, is played by Teresa Wright in one of Hitchcock's best female performances. She is very warm, innocent and genuinely good-natured - completely unlike Hitch's usual icy blonds. I have always found Joseph Cotten to be quite inexpressive. He is slightly better than his usual self and is believable in charming and winning over the small town-folk.

This is probably Hitchcock's only film with a strong human core, coupled with his well-known skills as a master technician. What other director of the era could have revealed the murderer at the start of the film and still maintained tension and a lingering unease throughout. Shadow of a Doubt is a precursor to the menace of Blue Velvet and the sexual tensions of American Beauty - and stays with you much longer than either of them.

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