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Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Approved | | Thriller | 15 January 1943 (USA)
A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.

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Charlotte 'Charlie' Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much traveled uncle Charlie Oakley, her mother's younger brother. Imagine her delight when, out of the blue, they receive a telegram from uncle Charlie announcing that he is coming to visit them for awhile. Charlie Oakley creates quite a stir and charms the ladies club as well as the bank president where his brother-in-law works. Young Charlie begins to notice some odd behavior on his part, such as cutting out a story in the local paper about a man who marries and then murders rich widows. When two strangers appear asking questions about him, she begins to imagine the worst about her dearly beloved uncle Charlie. Written by garykmcd

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The area shown after the Pulaski Skyway is known as the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ, which has also been used for location shots in Wise Guys (1986) and War of the Worlds (2005). See more »

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When Charlotte Newton is talking to her father from her bed, her father switches from standing in the doorway to leaning against the door frame in between shots. See more »

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Jack Graham: Charlie, think. How much do you know about your uncle?
Young Charlie Newton: Why, he's my mother's brother.
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Referenced in El embrujo de Shanghai (2002) See more »

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The Merry Widow Waltz
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One of his very best - I've loved it since I was a child!
5 November 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

"Shadow of a Doubt" may only be listed as #181 on IMDb's "Top 250" list, but in my opinion it far outweighs some of the films higher up on that list and is one of Hitch's very best films.

Joseph Cotten plays Charlie, a crook on the run from the police. Left stranded and pursued, he decides to move in with his brother's family. His niece - who loves him and sees him as a sort of perfect role model

  • at first is excited that her Uncle Charlie is coming...but then
things start to get strange. Charlie acts oddly and, at times, violent. She begins to become suspicious of her uncle as he becomes more suspicious of her own awareness.

The ending of "Shadow of a Doubt" is classic Hitchcock and some of the best stuff he's done. The entire film is taut and suspenseful, well-filmed and realistic. It manages to focus on family ties and the struggles within the family itself while it also juggles the whole theme of an outcast family member.

In the end, however, it's just a nail-biting thriller that - now over sixty years old - still reigns as one of the absolute best of its genre.


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