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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.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Thornton Wilder (screenplay), Sally Benson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Teresa Wright ... Charlie Newton
Joseph Cotten ... Charlie Oakley
Macdonald Carey ... Jack Graham
Henry Travers ... Joseph Newton
Patricia Collinge ... Emma Newton
Hume Cronyn ... Herbie Hawkins
Wallace Ford ... Fred Saunders
Edna May Wonacott Edna May Wonacott ... Ann Newton
Charles Bates ... Roger Newton
Irving Bacon ... Station Master
Clarence Muse ... Pullman Porter
Janet Shaw ... Louise Finch
Estelle Jewell Estelle Jewell ... Catherine
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Storyline

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 travelled 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Why Do I Fear the Man I Love? He Torments Me! Am I Going Mad? See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadow of Doubt See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In his interview with François Truffaut on "Shadow" (first published in 1967), Sir 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

The train carrying Uncle Charlie to Santa Rosa, at first has a number 140 on the side and on a tag in front. As it pulls into the station, the front tag has disappeared, and the number on the side has changed to 142. See more »

Quotes

[to the telegraph operator]
Young Charlie: Mrs. Henderson, do you believe in telepathy?
Mrs. Henderson: Well, I ought to. That's my business.
Young Charlie: Oh, not telegraphy. Mental telepathy. Like, well, suppose you have a thought, and suppose the thought's about someone you're in tune with, and then across thousands of miles, that person knows what you're thinking about and answers you, and it's all mental.
Mrs. Henderson: I don't know what you're talking about. I only send telegrams the normal way.
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Soundtracks

The Merry Widow Waltz
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Lehár
In the score throughout the movie
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User Reviews

Not Just An Unlce And A Niece. There's Something Else
4 April 2012 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

It's no little known fact that Hitchcock was among the pioneers of the suspense thriller genre. With 'Shadow of a Doubt' he creates another suspensefilled chilling drama. I must be very careful with what I reveal of the story for it is important for the viewer to be'deceived' when they first 'meet' the characters.

Starting with the look of the film, well things definitely aren't what they seem. I liked the setting of the town. It really captured that small-town feel. The music was a little over the top at times but then again it does add to the Hitchockian feel. Camera-work is exceptionally good.

The screenplay is solid. I especially liked the dialogues and how toned they were. The comic relief is very well placed and it certainly had me laughing. The performances are remarkable. Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten are superb. Their on screen interaction is intriguing and brilliantly executed. Patricia Collinge is outstanding as the mother and sister. Hume Cronyn is very funny.

I only thought that the portrayal of the two detectives was a little odd. They were quite stupid. In addition, the romance between the detective and young Charley felt rushed.

So there are a couple of little flaws but 'Shadow of a Doubt' still is among Hitchcock's awesome pictures. Hitchock himself said that it's his favourite film and I can see why.


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