Monday, July 14, 2008

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

I recently watched this one again since it was on TCM and it was part of Quint's Movie A Day series on AICN. Director Alfred Hitchcock often said this was his favorite film, a sentiment shared by the movie's female lead Teresa Wright. It's a great movie, but not my favorite Hitch.

The story revolves around the Newton family. Charlie Oackley (Joseph Cotten) comes to visit the family and his niece Charlie (Wright). Through the course of the movie, Young Charlie begins to suspect her Uncle Charlie is a serial killer known as "The Merry Widow Murderer". The movie is chocked full of twists and turns and a great deal of suspense by the undisputed master of cinematic suspense.

Keep a close eye out for a young Hume Cronyn as Young Charlie's father's best friend.


Cormac Brown said...

I loved this one and not just for the movie itself, but also for how it showed old Santa Rosa. It's a town just west of Napa (wine country) and sixty miles north of San Francisco.

This film also had a heavy influence on the Coen Brother's "The Man Who Wasn't There" and not just in filming locations alone.

WellesFan said...

Interesting. I haven't seen "The Man Who Wasn't There", but remember being interested in it when I saw the trailers.