If you've never seen a Hitchcock film before, this is a great place to start. Witty, engaging script and fine performances from a talented ensemble cast. There's a powerful mood of mystery and suspense leading to a terrifying and satisfying conclusion. Easy to see why Hitchcock called it one of his personal favorites.
My first Hitchcock. I LOVED it!
GREAT Hitchcock film. Totally engrossing and satisfying. Supposedly Hitchcock's favorite of his films. Joseph Cotton was excellent, and Teresa Wright, with whom I was previously not very familiar, was a real treat. (At age 25, her fourth movie and she had the top billing, probably not unrelated to her having received Academy Award nominations for her first three.)
"Shadow of a Doubt", 1942, Alfred Hitchcock at his best. I first saw this as a boy of maybe 10 and remember being mesmerized during the last few minutes. Joseph Cotton was perfect as Uncle Charlie. Theresa Wright was perfect as "Charlie", his beloved niece. Beloved until she found out just who Uncle Charlie is. Was Hitchcock presenting a cause of murder a child accident that gave the man to be a deadly twist? No one knows what makes a murder. When you watch this film remember that this is 1942, no CSI, no DNA, no computers, no cell phones, just plain human efforts at solving crime.
Although it did poorly at the box office, this dark tale of innocence corrupted by the arrival of evil was purported to be among director Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite collaborations. So strong is its sense of menace that it borders on horror causing more than one critic to compare the character of Uncle Charles to Bram Stoker’s "Dracula" in his ability to twist the minds of those around him especially his naïve niece who seems to be the only one capable of seeing the monster in the living room yet is helpless to sound the alarm. Filled with sunshine and small town American values which only serve to highlight the skulking wickedness in everyone’s midst, this is perhaps Hitchcock’s most ironic film and should therefore be on every fan’s “must see” list.
Hitchcock explores several recurring themes throughout his films in Shadow of a Doubt: doubles, a surface appearance of normality that hides underlying moral dubiousness, and absurdity. A master storyteller, Hitchcock leads the viewer through the experience of the story, rather than just showing. His use of shots from the perspective of the characters, extreme close ups during tense moments, and intense reveals lead to a very satisfying movie experience. Highly recommended.
Not one of Hitchcock's masterpieces. The story seems shop-worn and the dialogue stilted after seventy-some years. But the engaging and quirky characters, portrayed by a wonderful troupe of studio actors, make this movie worth watching.
This is a 1943 American psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Compared to "Psycho", this film seems to be a flop.
In "Psycho," the motel's disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates, is clearly depicted as a real villain.
In this film, however, Uncle Charlie looks like a loving, likable and sociable man without a shadow of crime---so much so that I expected a real killer to show up at the end of the film.
I just don't understand how come Hitchcock often said that this movie was his favorite film.
Uncle Charlie doesn't looks like a psychopathic killer at all.
His last killing act looks so clumsy.
How could he possibly kill "merry widows"?
This unassuming film is really quite creepy as you slowly learn what lurks beneath the surface of some people. The psychology of the relationship between uncle Charlie and his niece Charlie takes center stage and proves as mesmerizing as Hitchcock’s effortless direction.
Hitchcock said it was his favroit film. Check it out to see why!
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