I read somewhere that "Shadow of a Doubt" was Alfred Hitchcock's favorite of all his films, but I can't imagine why. It has little suspense, and despite the elaborately credited contribution of Thornton Wilder, little flavor for the slow-paced, small town life it depicts and celebrates. Joseph Cotton is good as the world hating Uncle Harry, but Teresa Wright is a little too perky as his admiring niece. Macdonald Carey is his usual bland self as the detective who woos her while setting a trap for his prey. Frankly, with a smug bore like Carey on the side of law and order, I found myself rooting for the killer. And even I could compose a more distinctive music score than the one provided by Dimitri Tiomkan.
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