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Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of A Doubt

(DVD - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of A Doubt
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Joseph Cotten stars as Uncle Charlie, a calculating and charming killer who hides out in his relatives' small hometown. There, he befriends his favorite niece and namesake, Young Charlie. But she begins to suspect he may be the famed Merry Widow murderer. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as the psychopathic killer plots the death of his young niece to protect his secret.

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Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures, [2006]
ISBN: 1417058927
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE S
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 108 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternate Title: Shadow of a doubt

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Dec 11, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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"?

Aug 12, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

May 13, 2014
  • noluckboston rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hitchcock said it was his favroit film. Check it out to see why!

Feb 14, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great suspense film!

Sep 08, 2013
  • empbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great classic.

Aug 20, 2013
  • Ryan Akler-Bishop rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One attribute that has become constantly affiliated with thrillers is the entire idea of the creepy "uncle" type character. Few people know that this theme came from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1942 psychological thriller, “Shadow of a Doubt”. In fact, modern literature and cinema have taken the creepy uncle and stolen in for their own purposes. In fact, just this year, the film “Stoker” used a serial killer uncle character, named Charlie. Guess what? “Shadow of a Doubt”’s uncle character, was also named Charlie. What it comes down to is the fact that “Shadow of a Doubt” is such a fantastic film that still holds up today. Although Hitchock was at the top of his game in the late 1950s and early 1960s with “Vertigo”, “North by Northwest”, “Psycho” and “The Birds”; his most underrated films came out in the 40s. “Shadow of a Doubt” is a chilling tale that Hitchock claimed to be his personal favourite of his own films. It depicts a young woman whose beloved uncle comes to stay with her and her family. She soon becomes paranoid when she discovers her uncle may very well be a serial killer, and she has to confront her love for her uncle and do the right thing. The performances of “Shadow of a Doubt” brought to big names to the height of their careers. Joseph Cotten is among the finest actors in classic American cinema, and this is why. We’ve seen him in Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” is a completely separate character. In “Citizen Kane” he played Foster Kane’s close friend who tried to save him from his self-destruction. To me, he was the most likable and relatable character in “Citizen Kane”. Well, in “Shadow of a Doubt”, he plays a psychopathic serial killer. Teresa Wright plays Cotten’s niece in a strong female lead. What makes “Shadow of a Doubt” stand out is the fact that it is a film noir, where the main character is a woman. Most film-noirs are directed towards the male audience, and the main character is usually a man. This is an exception, and at the time women’s right was a less important subject. In same way, “Shadow of a Doubt” may have contributed to helping women’s rights become a more prominent subject. The setting in the film is part of what makes it such a strong film, because it creates atmosphere, which creates chills. We feel enclosed in a small town of familiarity which accentuates the paranoia and the feeling of being closed out from the real world. In establishing the setting, Hitchcock succeeded in creating the illusion the us, the audience was doing much more than watching a screen, he brought us into his film. Like every decent film Alfred Hitchcock has ever directed, they thrive on suspense, because Hitchock has been dubbed “the Master of Suspense”. One unique trick that I first saw him exhibit in his films, was first presented in “Shadow of a Doubt”. When he wants to capture the audience in suspense, all is completely silent. Not only is there no music playing, but he brings down the sounds of the scene itself, so everyone is captured within the moment. This was a trick he brought into his later and more popular films, and it was not until very recently I discovered this is where he first tried it out. Although, “Shadow of a Doubt” may not be Hitchock’s most renowned and popular film, it is easily among his greatest and will always be remember as a unique film with multiple attributes that we have no choice but to love.

Feb 20, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Joseph Cotton plays Uncle Charlie who can be sullen, charming, or short-tempered. He decides to travel to spend time with relatives that he has not seen for a long time. The family loves him dearly, but something seems wrong. His young niece (played by Teresa Wright) loves him and hopes that suspicions about him are wrong. Look for those special close-ups of Wright where just she and the audience are shocked or saddened by some bad fact or act of Cotton. Atmosphere (beautiful black and white) and family conversation are the strengths of this film. This is one of the best of Hitchcock and is one of 600 films being saved by the National Film Registry.

Feb 20, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Joseph Cotton plays Uncle Charlie who can be sullen, charming, or short-tempered. He decides to travel to spend time with relatives that he has not seen for a long time. The family loves him dearly, but something seems wrong. His young niece (played by Teresa Wright) loves him and hopes that suspicions about him are wrong. Look for those special close-ups of Wright where just she and the audience are shocked or saddened by some bad fact or act of Cotton. Atmosphere (beautiful black and white) and family conversation are the strengths of this film. This is one of the best of Hitchcock and is one of 600 films being saved by the National Film Registry.Joseph Cotton plays Uncle Charlie who can be sullen, charming, or short-tempered. He decides to travel to spend time with relatives that he has not seen for a long time. The family loves him dearly, but something seems wrong. His young niece loves him and hope that suspicions about him are wrong. Atmosphere (beautiful black and white) and family conversation are the strengths of this film. This is one of the best of Alfred Hitchcock and is one of 600 films being saved by the National Film Registry.

Nov 02, 2012
  • uzebdrumz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The recent stories of the "black widow" were apparently dramatized in 1943. The lack of forensic evidence in the film is a testimonial to our advance in crime science. I found it rather unrealistic that detectives would approach & utilize children to solve the crime without the parents & a lawyer present at all times. Apparently times have changed. Filmed on location for the most part, this is an exceptional suspense film.

It is old black and white movie. Well acted and captive. It keeps moving. Worth watching it

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