Shadow of a Doubt

Released 1943


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Alfred Hitchcock
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Shadow of a Doubt is a classic 1943 suspense thriller from master director Alfred Hitchcock ("Psycho"). Teenager Charlotte "Charlie" Newton (Teresa Wright) finds small-town life in Santa Rosa, California stifling and boring. When a telegram arrives from her beloved Uncle Charlie Oakley (Joseph Cotton) announcing a visit, she can barely contain her excitement. Uncle Charlie's charm and glamourous manner soon wins him friends at the local ladies club and with the bank president. Then, a news story appears about a police investigation into a man suspected of marrying rich widows and murdering them. After Charlie sees her uncle try to hide the story and two strangers appear in town asking questions, she begins to piece together a connection between her uncle and the crimes. As she begins to look for clues, Uncle Charlie begins to notice his niece's sudden curiosity into his past and starts to show a darker side to the family.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    No one would ever accuse Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt of being plausible, but it is framed so distinctively in the Hitchcock style that it plays firmly and never breaks out...

  • 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Shadow is the acme of Hitchcock's special principal of dramatic counterpoint. The surface is sunny and buoyant; dark, deadly currents flow underneath. [26 Nov 1999, p.A]

  • 100

    Slant Magazine

    Hitch's habit of taking us to the edge of the abyss and then returning us with a wink, so often resulting in unconvincing happy endings, here seals one of his most pitiless visions...

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Thrillers, Crime