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Shadow of a Doubt (1991)

Charlie is a young woman who is thrilled that her favorite Uncle Charlie is coming home for good. But she soon discovers that her namesake, a "Wall Street financier," has a deep, dark ... See full summary »

Director:

Karen Arthur

Writers:

Gordon McDonell (earlier story), Thornton Wilder (earlier screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Charles
Margaret Welsh ... Charlie
Norm Skaggs ... Gary
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Henry
Rick Lenz ... Herb
Diane Ladd ... Emma
Tippi Hedren ... Mrs. Mathewson
Shirley Knight ... Mrs. Potter
Margaret Webb Margaret Webb
Sydney Walker Sydney Walker ... Mr. Granville
Bianca Rose Bianca Rose ... Midge Newton
Seth Smith Seth Smith ... Bobby Newton
Michael Ray Wisely Michael Ray Wisely ... Rick Saunders (as Michael Wisley)
Fran Lish Fran Lish ... Mrs. Granville
Olivia Charles Olivia Charles ... Miss Clayborne
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Charlie is a young woman who is thrilled that her favorite Uncle Charlie is coming home for good. But she soon discovers that her namesake, a "Wall Street financier," has a deep, dark secret. And knowledge of that secret by anyone can prove to be deadly. Written by Phil Fernando

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You'll love Uncle Charlie. He's a real lady killer. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Shadow of a Doubt (#40.3) See more »

Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A remake of the same title released in 1943 directed by Hitchcock. See more »

Quotes

Charles: It's not good to know too much about someone.
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Impressive attempts to improve on a classic
16 March 2006 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

While I will be the first to accept that this remake does not have the craftsmanship of the earlier Hitchcock version, there are a few salient facets of the film that Hitchcock might consider to be an improvement over his version.

The first attempt at improvement that TV director Karen Arthur and teleplay writer John Gay introduced as a magical addition was the masked ballroom dance that opens the TV film with its handsome lead player Mark Harmon enchanting the elderly widow. In Hitchcock's version the dance is shown fleetingly (twice), but the emphasis is on the lead character Charles avoiding the cops in a small hotel. Both are interesting opening sequences. But Karen Arthur needs to be complimented on choosing a fascinating alternative. In fact, the opening sequence of Arthur's version is the strongest element of the TV film.

The second bit that is a startling difference between the two films is the insinuation of Arthur/Gay that Charles is not the real Charles but a masquerader while Hitchcock never seemed to dispute that it was the real Charles. Hitchcock even seemed to suggest a good child following a bicycle accident could develop into a devil with a distaste for wealthy widows.

The third bit is Arthur's decision to cast Tippi Hedren in the film. Now Tippi Hedren had acted in Hithcock's "The Birds" and Hitch was known to have had a crush on Ms Hedren, according to historians. Hitchcock himself loved to refer to actors in previous films in later screenplays (Hitchcock's "Rope" includes a flippant remark about Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in "Notorious"). Arthur seems to have followed the Hitchcock tradition in this casting.

The fourth bit are the actions of the widow in the train towards the end of the film. I thought Ms Arthur did well in developing the vulnerability of wealthy widows to beguiling male charms. Hitchcock downplayed this element and concentrated on the lead character--and hence the shot of the widow on the train was brief.

Though I liked Joseph Cotton in Hitchcock's film, I thought Mark Harmon's performance was not to be dismissed. All in all the film, Arthur's film is not better than the original but presents interesting new angles to the original.


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