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Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt

Joseph Cotten
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
, Teresa Wright
Teresa Wright
, MacDonald Carey
MacDonald Carey
Alfred Hitchcock


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Teresa Wright plays Charlie, a small-town high-schooler who enjoys a symbiotic relationship with her favorite uncle, also named Charlie (Joseph Cotten). When young Charlie "wills" that old Charlie pay a visit to her family, her wish comes true. Uncle Charlie is his usual charming self, but he seems a bit secretive and reserved at times. Too, his manner of speaking is curiously unsettling, especially when he brings up the subject of rich widows, whom he characterizes as "swine." When a pair of detectives (MacDonald Carey and Wallace Ford), posing as magazine writers, arrive in town and begin asking questions about Uncle Charlie, young Charlie's curiosity is aroused. Why, for example, has Uncle Charlie torn an article out of the evening newspaper? Rushing to the library, Young Charlie locates the missing item: the headline screams WHO IS THE MERRY WIDOW MURDERER? As the horrified Charlie reads on, the conclusion is inescapable: her beloved Uncle Charlie is a mass murderer, preying upon wealthy old women. And what happens next? Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, and Alma Reville (Mrs. Hitchcock) based their screenplay on a story by Gordon McDowell, who in turn was inspired by real-life "Merry Widow Murderer" Earle Leonard Nelson. The casting, from stars to bit players, is impeccable; the best of the batch is Hume Cronyn, making his film debut as a wimpy murder-mystery aficionado. Lensed on location in Santa Rosa, California, The Shadow of a Doubt wasAlfred Hitchcock's favorite film.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/2013
UPC: 0025192182617
Original Release: 1943
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 18,474

Special Features

Beyond doubt: the making of Hitchcock's favorite film; Production drawings by art director Robert Boyle; Production photographs; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Cotten Charlie Oakley
Teresa Wright Young Charlie Newton
MacDonald Carey Jack Graham
Henry Travers Joseph Newton
Patricia Collinge Emma Newton
Wallace Ford Fred Saunders
Hume Cronyn Herbie Hawkins
Edna May Wonacott Ann Newton
Charley Bates Roger Newton
Irving Bacon Station Master
Clarence Muse Pullman Porter
Janet Shaw Louise
Estelle Jewell Girlfriend
Earle Dewey Mr. Norton
Ruth Lee Mrs. MacCurdy
Minerva Urecal Mrs. Henderson
Isabel Randolph Mrs. Green
Eily Malyon Librarian
John McGuire Detective
Byron Shores Detective
Edwin Stanley Mr. Green
Virginia Brissac Dr. and Mrs. Phillips
Frances Carson Mrs. Poetter
Edward Fielding Doctor on Train
Grandon Rhodes Reverand MacCurdy
Shirley Mills Young Girl
Sarah Edwards Wife on Train
Constance Purdy Mrs. Martin
Vaughan Glaser Dr. Phillips

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Sally Benson Screenwriter
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
Bernard B. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Miton Carruth Editor
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
John B. Goodman Art Director
Joan Harrison Screenwriter
Gordon McDonell Screenwriter
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
Alma Reville Screenwriter
Edward Ray Robinson Set Decoration/Design
Jack H. Skirball Producer
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
William Tummel Asst. Director
Joseph A. Valentine Cinematographer
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer
Thornton Wilder Screenwriter

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