Shadow of A Doubt

Shadow of A Doubt

DVD - 2006
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Joseph Cotten stars as Uncle Charlie, a calculating and charming killer who hides out in his relatives' small hometown. There, he befriends his favorite niece and namesake, Young Charlie. But she begins to suspect he may be the famed Merry Widow murderer. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as the psychopathic killer plots the death of his young niece to protect his secret.

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This is another relatively unknown film directed by Hitch that really packs a punch. He wasn't just a horror film director, you know. It was made on location in Napa, California.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 26, 2018

GOOD 1943 early Alfred Hitchcock made in America film. I did enjoy and watched the whole film, but it didn't engage me (might have just been my mood) as much as his other films.
I did enjoy seeing new to me Teresa Wright (for first time I can remember) - quite a talented and beautiful actress.

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BiGirl
Nov 12, 2017

So good! Crisp black and white, unsettling but deliciously suspenseful.

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AdrianJWallace
Jan 13, 2017

If you've never seen a Hitchcock film before, this is a great place to start. Witty, engaging script and fine performances from a talented ensemble cast. There's a powerful mood of mystery and suspense leading to a terrifying and satisfying conclusion. Easy to see why Hitchcock called it one of his personal favorites.

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sofa2001
Oct 25, 2016

My first Hitchcock. I LOVED it!

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flexiduck
Aug 08, 2016

GREAT Hitchcock film. Totally engrossing and satisfying. Supposedly Hitchcock's favorite of his films. Joseph Cotton was excellent, and Teresa Wright, with whom I was previously not very familiar, was a real treat. (At age 25, her fourth movie and she had the top billing, probably not unrelated to her having received Academy Award nominations for her first three.)

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Onewhoissaved
May 13, 2016

"Shadow of a Doubt", 1942, Alfred Hitchcock at his best. I first saw this as a boy of maybe 10 and remember being mesmerized during the last few minutes. Joseph Cotton was perfect as Uncle Charlie. Theresa Wright was perfect as "Charlie", his beloved niece. He was beloved until she found out just who Uncle Charlie is. First came her suspicion about a man she had thought almost a god only to find out in the end that his is a devil. Hitchcock dealt with the blackest side of life and wretched people like no other director. No one knows what makes a murderer but Alfred obsessed with them. He also focused on blond actresses which Teresa Wright was not. The movie jacket lists her name before Joseph Cotton. When you watch this film remember that this is 1942, no CSI, no DNA, no computers, no cell phones, just plain human efforts at solving crime, one clue at a time.

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Nursebob
Mar 14, 2016

Although it did poorly at the box office, this dark tale of innocence corrupted by the arrival of evil was purported to be among director Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite collaborations. So strong is its sense of menace that it borders on horror causing more than one critic to compare the character of Uncle Charles to Bram Stoker’s "Dracula" in his ability to twist the minds of those around him especially his naïve niece who seems to be the only one capable of seeing the monster in the living room yet is helpless to sound the alarm. Filled with sunshine and small town American values which only serve to highlight the skulking wickedness in everyone’s midst, this is perhaps Hitchcock’s most ironic film and should therefore be on every fan’s “must see” list.

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resisam
May 26, 2015

Hitchcock explores several recurring themes throughout his films in Shadow of a Doubt: doubles, a surface appearance of normality that hides underlying moral dubiousness, and absurdity. A master storyteller, Hitchcock leads the viewer through the experience of the story, rather than just showing. His use of shots from the perspective of the characters, extreme close ups during tense moments, and intense reveals lead to a very satisfying movie experience. Highly recommended.

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megaculpa
May 02, 2015

Not one of Hitchcock's masterpieces. The story seems shop-worn and the dialogue stilted after seventy-some years. But the engaging and quirky characters, portrayed by a wonderful troupe of studio actors, make this movie worth watching.

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