Shadow of a Doubt ()

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A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.

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Charlie Newton
Charlie Oakley
Jack Graham
Joseph Newton
Emma Newton
Herbie Hawkins
Fred Saunders
Edna May Wonacott ...
Ann Newton
Roger Newton
Station Master
Pullman Porter
Louise Finch
Estelle Jewell ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Bates ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mrs. Phillips (uncredited)
Frances Carson ...
Mrs. Potter (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ...
Mr. Norton (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ...
Doctor's Wife on Train (uncredited)
Doctor on Train (uncredited)
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Vaughan Glaser ...
Dr. Phillips (uncredited)
Man on Train Playing Cards (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ...
Mrs. MacCurdy (uncredited)
Mrs. Cochran (uncredited)
Detective (uncredited)
Teen at Crosswalk (uncredited)
Shirley (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ...
Mrs. Martin (uncredited)
Santa Rosa Teenager (uncredited)
Margaret Green (uncredited)
Rev. MacCurdy (uncredited)
Byron Shores ...
Detective (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ...
Mr. Green (uncredited)
Mrs. Henderson (uncredited)

Directed by

Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

Thornton Wilder ... (screenplay) &
Sally Benson ... (screenplay) &
Alma Reville ... (screenplay)
Gordon McDonell ... (from an original story by)

Produced by

Jack H. Skirball ... producer

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


Thornton Wilder ... we wish to acknowledge the contribution of, to the preparation of this production (as Mr. Thornton Wilder)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Uncle Charlie (United States)
  • Shadow of Doubt (United States)
  • L'ombre d'un doute (France)
  • Im Schatten des Zweifels (Germany)
  • La sombra de una duda (Spain)
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  • 108 min
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Trivia DIRECTOR CAMEO (Sir Alfred Hitchcock): On the train to Santa Rosa, California playing cards. He has the entire suit of spades in his hand, including the symbolic Ace. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks The Merry Widow Waltz 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. You go through your ordinary little day, and at night you sleep your untroubled ordinary little sleep, filled with peaceful stupid dreams. And I brought you nightmares. Or did I? Or was it a silly, inexpert little lie? You live in a dream. You're a sleepwalker, blind. How do you know what the world is like? Do you know the world is a foul sty? Do you know, if you rip off the fronts of houses, you'd find swine? The world's a hell. What does it matter what happens in it? Wake up, Charlie. Use your wits. Learn something.
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