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Shadow of a Doubt
Front Cover Actor
Irving Bacon
Charles Bates
Macdonald Carey
Frances Carson
Patricia Collinge
Movie Details
Studio Universal Studios
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 108 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Alfred Hitchcock considered this 1943 thriller to be his personal favorite among his own films, and although it's not as popular as some of Hitchcock's later work, it's certainly worthy of the master's admiration. Scripted by playwright Thornton Wilder and inspired by the actual case of a 1920's serial killer known as "The Merry Widow Murderer," the movie sets a tone of menace and fear by introducing a psychotic killer into the small-town comforts of Santa Rosa, California. That's where young Charlie (Teresa Wright) lives with her parents and two younger siblings, and where murder is little more than a topic of morbid conversation for their mystery-buff neighbor (Hume Cronyn). Charlie was named after her favorite uncle, who has just arrived for an extended visit, and at first Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) gets along famously with his admiring niece. But the film's chilling prologue has already revealed Uncle Charlie's true identity as the notorious Merry Widow Murderer, and the suspense grows almost unbearable when young Charlie's trust gives way to gradual dread and suspicion. Through narrow escapes and a climactic scene aboard a speeding train, this witty thriller strips away the façade of small-town tranquility to reveal evil where it's least expected. And, of course, it's all done in pure Hitchcockian style. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 432
Collection Status In Collection
DVD Carousel Carousel 13
Slot 70
Links Amazon US
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
UPC (Barcode) 45933294
Release Date 3/6/2001
Subtitles French
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Notes
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