Daniel Corleone's Movie Review of Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

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Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Shadow of a Doubt review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/16/11

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.” Jack Graham – “Well, it's not quite as bad as that, but sometimes it needs a lot of watching. It seems to go crazy every now and then, like your Uncle Charlie.” The film could have used a better soundtrack and proper character development like the abrupt romance between Jack and Charlie Newton. Its conclusion was a bit rushed as well, which I felt, could also have been more exciting. The characters for Herbie and Joseph Newton exchange was really enjoyable, even Ann Newton was delightful. Subjects of how we view the world trust and family was touch in the film. Overall, it was a good mystery besides a few indignations that I noticed.

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