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Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

PG | | Thriller | 15 January 1943 (USA)
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A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Charlie Newton
... Charlie Oakley
... Jack Graham
... Joseph Newton
... Emma Newton
... Herbie Hawkins
... Fred Saunders
Edna May Wonacott ... Ann Newton
Charles Bates ... Roger Newton
... Station Master
... Pullman Porter
... Louise Finch
Estelle Jewell ... Catherine
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Charlotte 'Charlie' Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much traveled uncle Charlie Oakley, her mother's younger brother. Imagine her delight when, out of the blue, they receive a telegram from uncle Charlie announcing that he is coming to visit them for awhile. Charlie Oakley creates quite a stir and charms the ladies club as well as the bank president where his brother-in-law works. Young Charlie begins to notice some odd behavior on his part, such as cutting out a story in the local paper about a man who marries and then murders rich widows. When two strangers appear asking questions about him, she begins to imagine the worst about her dearly beloved uncle Charlie. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 24, 1943 with Joseph Cotten reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene at the Newton house, Ann's collar gets flipped up while she is standing to answer the telephone. In the next close up shot of her on the telephone, her collar is back in place. See more »

Quotes

Young Charlie: Your picking us as an average family kind of gave me a funny feeling.
Jack Graham: What kind of a funny feeling?
Young Charlie: Oh, I don't know. I guess I don't like to be an average girl in an average family.
Jack Graham: Average families are the best. Look at me. I'm from an average family.
Young Charlie: As average as ours?
Jack Graham: Sure. Besides, I don't think you're average.
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Referenced in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

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The Merry Widow Waltz
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Lehár
In the score throughout the movie
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One of his very best - I've loved it since I was a child!
5 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Shadow of a Doubt" may only be listed as #181 on IMDb's "Top 250" list, but in my opinion it far outweighs some of the films higher up on that list and is one of Hitch's very best films.

Joseph Cotten plays Charlie, a crook on the run from the police. Left stranded and pursued, he decides to move in with his brother's family. His niece - who loves him and sees him as a sort of perfect role model - at first is excited that her Uncle Charlie is coming...but then things start to get strange. Charlie acts oddly and, at times, violent. She begins to become suspicious of her uncle as he becomes more suspicious of her own awareness.

The ending of "Shadow of a Doubt" is classic Hitchcock and some of the best stuff he's done. The entire film is taut and suspenseful, well-filmed and realistic. It manages to focus on family ties and the struggles within the family itself while it also juggles the whole theme of an outcast family member.

In the end, however, it's just a nail-biting thriller that - now over sixty years old - still reigns as one of the absolute best of its genre.


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