Alfred Hitchcock especially liked Shadow of a Doubt (1943), he once said, “because it was one of those rare occasions where you could combine character with suspense. Usually in a suspense story there isn’t time to develop character.” In this picture, it’s the very nature of the relationship between two richly-drawn characters – Teresa Wright’s “Charlie” and Joseph Cotten’s “Uncle Charlie” – which creates suspense for the audience. The two share an almost telepathic connection, with Wright especially devoted to her beloved uncle, who has come to visit her family in Santa Rosa, California. What she doesn’t know is that Uncle Charlie has come to town in order to throw the police off his trail, for he is really the “Merry Widow Murderer” and has been killing rich widows back east. Gradually, Charlie begins to suspect him.
Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson
Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey
Runtime: 108 min
NR / 1943