Shadow of a Doubt
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Teresa Wright plays Charlie, a small-town high-schooler who enjoys a symbiotic relationship with her favorite uncle, also named Charlie (Joseph Cotten). When young Charlie "wills" that old Charlie pay a visit to her family, her wish comes true. Uncle Charlie is his usual charming self, but he seems a bit secretive and reserved at times. Too, his manner of speaking is curiously unsettling, especially when he brings up the subject of rich widows, whom he characterizes as "swine." When a pair of detectives (MacDonald Carey and Wallace Ford), posing as magazine writers, arrive… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Peels back the welcoming warmth and sincere innocence of small-town life to reveal the gullibility and the naïveté underneath; it's a fiction about the perpetuation of fictions."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Hitchcock deftly etches his small-town characters and homey surroundings."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The suspense builds effortlessly throughout."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Hitch's personal favorite and certainly one of his best."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt is one of his grimmest and most impressive movies."
‑ Dan Callahan,
"A superb film."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"One of Hitchcock's finest films of the '40s."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The collaboration between Thornton Wilder and Hitchcock proves to be extremely fertile for it allows both American writer and British director to dissect small-town life way beyond the former's Our Town."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"First rate Hitchcock thriller with deceptive Cotten, innocent but sharp Wright."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Maybe the most German of Hitchcock's Hollywood films."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Alfred Hitchcock's first indisputable masterpiece."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"You've got to hand it to Alfred Hitchcock: when he sows the fearful seeds of mistrust in one of his motion pictures he can raise more goose pimples to the square inch of a customer's flesh than any other director of thrillers in Hollywood."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Like Lynch's fever-dream of transcendental perversity Blue Velvet, Shadow of a Doubt is about awakening, the simultaneous darkening and enlarging of the world."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"First-class psychological thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A tense thriller with one of Hitchcock's most creepy villains."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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