Rent Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

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1h 44min
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Synopsis:
When Uncle Charlie comes to visit his relatives in the sleepy town of Santa Rosa, the foundation is laid for one of his most engaging and suspenseful excursions. Joseph Cotten stars as the charming Uncle Charlie, a beguiling killer who travels from Philadelphia to California just one step ahead of the law. But soon his unknowing niece and namesake, "Young Charlie" (Teresa Wright), begins to suspect her uncle of being the Merry Widow murderer, and a deadly game of cat-and-mouse begins. As his niece draws closer to the truth, the psychopathic killer has no choice but to plot the death of his favourite relative in one of Hitchcock's most riveting psychological thrillers.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jack H. Skirball
Writers:
Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson
Others:
Gordon McDonell
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/10/2005
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • 'Beyond Doubt' - The Making Of Hitchcock's Favourite Film
  • Production Drawings
  • Art Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/09/2013
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
Brazilian Portuguese DTS 2.0 Mono, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, French DTS 2.0 Mono, German DTS 2.0 Mono, Italian DTS 2.0 Mono, Japanese DTS 2.0 Mono, Latin American Spanish DTS 2.0 Mono, Russian DTS 2.0 Mono, Spanish DTS 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Brazilian, Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 'Beyond Doubt': The Making Of Hitchcock's Favourite Film
  • Production Drawings by Art Director Robert Boyle
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (3) of Shadow of a Doubt

A Classic . . . Without a Doubt - Shadow of a Doubt review by CP Customer

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21/09/2005

Charlie is bored. Nothing much happens in her small town. Then Uncle Charlie arrives. Suddenly life isn’t so bad. But someone should have cautioned her to ‘be careful what you wish for’. Niece and uncle, heroine and villain, are linked by name and blood. And thus are their mutual fates entwined.

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Hitchcock's finest - Shadow of a Doubt review by JD

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01/09/2015

Hitchcock's daughter says in the bonus feature that this was his favourite film. It is one of his first in America. I don't think it is better than his more famous films (Psycho, Birds and Rear window) and I was not taken with the sudden switch from adoration to rejection of a niece for her uncle. Not well done and not elegent. An avarage 1943 B&W film.

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American Gothic. - Shadow of a Doubt review by Steve Mason

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Updated 24/02/2021

By 1943, Hitchcock's American films were objects of beauty. The editing had a poetic beat, the camera work was liberated and penetrating, the perspectives were striking and persuasive but unpretentious.

Shadow of a Doubt is American gothic, based on a real life serial killer and co-written by Thornton Wilder, the laureate of Americana. It is one of those films where we see some terrible threat visiting an idealised, artless American town.  This small town innocence is epitomised by the comic relief of Hume Cronyn and Henry Travers'  double act as a pair of bickering true crime enthusiasts.

Joseph Cotten is the Merry Widow killer, who calls on the family of his sister, particularly his teenage niece Theresa Wright, and brings the horror of the world with him.    

And yet, it lacks suspense, I think because Hitch is a little shy of detailing the darkness of the terror that has come to stay. The nearest he gets is a superb scene when Cotten seeks to dispossess Wright of her naivety with a bitter, cruel monologue. They are in a bar and the pair are served by a waitress who was a classmate of the girl but already is trapped in a life of penury, emphasising the sheltered privilege of the few and the long struggle of the many, of which Wright is ignorant.  This is the only really moving moment in the film. Most of its appeal is to be found in its technical brilliance.

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