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Shadow of a Doubt (1943) was a Crime - Film Noir Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by Jack H. Skirball.

SYNOPSIS

In this enthralling story (and Hitchcock's personal favorite), an average small town receives a visit from the Merry Widow murderer. Cotten gives an intense, quiet performance as Wright's Uncle Charlie, whose visit she and her family eagerly anticipate. Fresh from his latest killing, Cotten charms his sister's family, especially Wright, who feels she and her worldly uncle have a special bond. But as his dark torment starts to surface, Wright is endangered when Cotten realizes she sees through him. A terrific script from Wilder perfectly establishes the small-town atmosphere (a particularly winning touch is the running dialogue between Travers and Cronyn, two mystery buffs who enliven their humdrum lives with a debate on techniques for the perfect murder), and the shadow cast by the presence of pure evil.

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Shadow of a Doubt was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.

Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingGordon McDonellNominated
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HMWYBS: A Shadow Of A Doubt About Universal Studios (1)

By Anne Marie on Aug 7, 2013 From We Recycle Movies

I?m about to commit film geek blasphemy: I?m going to talk about an Alfred Hitchcock movie without mentioning the master of suspense himself. The only reason I know I can get away with this is because there is a talented group of bloggers over at The Film Experience who will examine Shadow Of A Doub... Read full article


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Quotes from

Emma Newton: Don't whisper. When you whisper, anyone could hear you a block away.


Uncle Charlie: I got in the habit of carrying a lot of cash with me when I was traveling.
Mr. Green: Dangerous habit, Mr. Oakley.
Uncle Charlie: Never lost a penny in my life, Mr. Green. I guess heaven takes care of fools and scoundrels.


Jack Graham: It seems to go crazy every now and then, like your Uncle Charlie.


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Facts about

Alfred Hitchcock: [bathroom] "BM" is engraved on a ring.
In his interview with Fran├žois Truffaut on "Shadow" (first published in 1967), Alfred Hitchcock said the dense, black smoke belching from the train that brings Charles Oakley to Santa Rosa was a deliberate symbol of imminent evil.
Alfred Hitchcock had wanted Joan Fontaine for the role of Young Charlie, but she was unavailable.
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