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Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Movie Information

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Alfred Hitchcock


Joseph Cotten
Teresa Wright
Henry Travers
Patricia Collinge
Hume Cronyn
Macdonald Carey





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A young woman who has not seen her uncle in years is excited to finally see him again - but that changes as her suspicion that he is a murder comes closer and closer to being the truth.

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dukeakasmudge 10/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I couldnt sit through the whole movie

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SIngli6 09/07/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Of all the marvelous films Hitchcock directed that he could have declared his personal favourite - great films such as 'The Lady Vanishes (1938)', 'Rope', 'Strangers on a Train', 'Dial M for Murder', 'The Wrong Man (1956)', 'Vertigo', 'Psycho (1960)', 'The Birds', and 'Frenzy' - he had to pick this one; a naive parable about how a small town and an intolerably innoxious Teresa White react to the presence of an evil Joseph Cotton. If Hitch was resurrected and I could ask him but one question, it would be: "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!!!?"

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mitchellyoung 07/15/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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An early Hitchcock film that manages to conjure genuine suspense from a relatively simple plot. Joseph Cotten, as the maybe murderer, creates an imposing presence and the use of skillful cinematography and music gives weight to the story.

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01/29/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Shadow Of A Doubt" by Yojimbo

A young woman is elated when her favourite uncle comes to stay with her family but becomes increasingly suspicious that he is in fact the "merry widow murderer". An early work from Alfred Hitchcock, Shadow Of A Doubt contains many of the themes that would reoccur in his work. It's almost an attack on the idea of the concept of the "blood is thicker than water" family unit and another example of Hitch's enemy within stories as the seemingly innocuous Joseph Cotten is revealed to have a dark secret. There are some great examples of Hitchcock's genius contained within the story, particularly some beautifully framed shots and his use of light and shadow, and he toys with the audience as he places us in Charlie's position as Cotten's facade slips. The highlight for me was his rancorously misog...

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10/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Charlie Oakley (Cotten) reunites with his sister Emma Newton. Two detectives Detective Jack Graham (Macdonald Carey) and Detective Fred Saunders (Wallace Ford) try to find the Merry Widow Murderer. Charlotte "Charlie" Newton (Wright) discovers her uncle’s secret. I really enjoyed the dialogues, a few from the film: Charlie Oakley – “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.” “I guess heaven takes care of fools and scoundrels.” Young Charlie – “I don't believe in good intentions anymore. All I'm waiting for now is a miracle.” ...

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05/08/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Effective Hitchcock

A very effective Hitchcock thriller. The film effectively keeps you always tense since you know more than most of the characters do about the killer played by Joseph Cotton very well he is much better in this I felt than any other of the films I have seen him in including the Third man and Citizen Kane. Hitchcock effectively gives the right amount of intensity throughout and Teresa Wright is very appealing as the heroine as you care about her. I also like the side characters of the father and his friend who like discussing different methods in which to kill each other. Non of the other characters with anything special but it does not matter because the two main certainly are as are those other two. My only problem with the film is the detective character is a bit forced especially the rom...

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