Get us in your inbox

Shadow of a Doubt

  • Film

Time Out says

One of Hitchcock's finest films of the '40s, with Cotten as the infamous 'Merry Widow' murderer, who takes refuge with the small-town family of his sister (Collinge). Focusing on adoring niece Wright's dawning realisation that her kind, generous and handsome uncle is in fact a cold and cynical killer, the film is not only psychologically intriguing (both niece and uncle are called Charlie, and he arrives in town as if in answer to her prayers for excitement), but a sharp dissection of middle American life, in its own quiet way an ancestor of Blue Velvet. Is Uncle Charlie all these gentle folk deserve, when adolescent girls dream of the romantic life, and middle-aged men (papa Travers and neighbour Cronyn) endlessly discuss gruesome murder? Funny, gripping, and expertly shot by Joe Valentine, it's a small but memorable gem.

Written by GA

Release Details

  • Duration:108 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Alfred Hitchcock
  • Screenwriter:Thornton Wilder, Alma Reville, Sally Benson
  • Cast:
    • Henry Travers
    • MacDonald Carey
    • Patricia Collinge
    • Wallace Ford
    • Joseph Cotten
    • Hume Cronyn
    • Teresa Wright
You may also like
You may also like