Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 48 mins

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This classic tale follows the twists and turns in the life of Charlotte 'Charlie' Newton, a young woman who is 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. Uncle 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 have suspicions about the true nature of her beloved uncle. As she begins investigating into Oakley's activities, a gory picture emerges. Will her knowledge endanger her own life?
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Cast: Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Patricia Collinge, Teresa Wright

Crew: Alfred Hitchcock (Director), Joseph A Valentine (Director of Photography), Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin (Music Director), Franz Lehar (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Thriller

Release Dates: 15 Jan 1943 (India)

Tagline: A Blast of DRAMATIC Dynamite exploded right before your eyes!

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Did you know? "Lux Radio Theater" had broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 3, 1944 with Teresa Wright reprising her film role. Read More
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as Uncle Charlie
as Jack Graham
as Emma Newton
as Young Charlie
as Roger Newton
as Ann Newton
as Catherine
as Herbie Hawkins
as Station Master
as Louise
as Joseph Newton
as Fred Saunders




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A Blast of DRAMATIC Dynamite exploded right before your eyes!
When Young Charlie finds that she's locked in the garage with the car's engine running, she might reasonably have gone back to the car and broken out through the door with the car driven in reverse.

Crew/Equipment Visible
While Charlie watches the cab take her family to Uncle Charlie's speech, the shadows of crew members are visible against the bushes in the background.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When young Charlie is reading the newspaper in the library, the camera casts a shadow on her back.

When Charlotte and Charlie cross the street to go to the bank, the street corner is empty. In the next shot, there are many people on the same corner.

The shadows on the wall vary during the scene when Mrs. Newton is telling Uncle Charlie about the reporters.

Near the beginning of the movie, Ann answers the phone when the telegraph office calls. She delivers all her responses without pausing long enough to allow the caller to respond.

When Mrs. Newton is going to the telephone to inquire about the telegram, her left arm reaches for the wall and in the next shot reaches again.

In the beginning of the film, when the landlady enters Uncle Charlie's room, he is lying on the bed with his hands crossed on his belly holding a cigar. For a moment he appears with his hands and the cigar on his chest.

Character Error
At the first dinner in the Newton home, Young Charlie is humming the "Merry Widow Waltz," she identifies it as the work of Victor Herbert. It was written by Franz Lehar, but no one disagrees with the Herbert attribution.
Alfred Hitchcock used the idea of "You destroy the thing you love" in this film, and mentions that it is implied at the ending that Young Charlie will be in love with her Uncle Charlie for the rest of her life.

Hitchcock puts lots of personal elements in this film such as Alfred Hitchcock's middle name is Joseph, young Charlie's father's name is "Joseph" Newton.

"Academy Award Theater" had broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 11, 1946 with Joseph Cotten reprising his film role.

"Lux Radio Theater" had broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 3, 1944 with Teresa Wright reprising her film role.

"Shadow of a Doubt" was the initial considered title but was listed as only a "temporary title" until they decided to settle with the same name.

Hitchcock wanted William Powell to play Uncle Charlie, but MGM had refused to lend the actor for the film and the role went to Joseph Cotten.

Alfred Hitchcock had wanted Joan Fontaine for the role of Young Charlie, but she was unavailable.