Movies From the Hat VI #32 – Kim’s Pick – Charade (1963)


This is my 3469th Review

Thanks to Kim of Tranquil Dreams for this recommendation.

“Of course, you won’t be able to lie on your back for a while but then you can lie from any position, can’t you? ” – Reggie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Oct 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After her husband is mysteriously murdered on a train, a woman tries to discover who killed him and why.

My Take on it – I was actually convinced when I watched this that I was watching a film by Alfred Hitchcock.

The characters and storyline feel like something he would have made and the mysterious aura around it all is really the kind of thing he was known for.

Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are great together and are able to deal with both the serious and comical elements of the storyline without missing a beat.

Walter Matthau is also interesting to watch as a government bureaucrat trying to sort things out.

This film is filled with twists and turns along the way that help keep thing interesting while still raising the level of suspense bit by bit.

This actually helps the viewer get comfortable enough in order to also try and decipher what is really happening as things move forward.

James Coburn and George Kennedy are both interesting to wtach in important supporting roles.

Bottom Line – Great suspense film that actually feels like something Hitchcock would have made.  Grant and Hepburn have great chemistry together and are easily able to weather the serious and comical scenes. Matthau is perfect as a government bureaucrat trying to help. The twist and turns along the way help keep things interesting the whole time as we also try and discover what is really going on. Coburn and Kennedy are also fun to watch in supporting roles. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Due to the suspense, the presence of Cary Grant, the structure of the screenplay, and the frequent plot twists, many people believe this was an Alfred Hitchcock film. Hitchcock was not involved in the making of the film at all. This confusion has prompted fans of the film to call it “the best Hitchcock film Hitchcock never made.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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4 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat VI #32 – Kim’s Pick – Charade (1963)

  1. One of my favorites. Seen it a dozen times at least. It does have a Hitchcock feel to it – as does ARABESQUE with Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren – which – like Charade – was also directed by Stanley Donen. Lets give credit to him as the man who came closest to mimicking Hitch in a pair of terrific thrillers. The same man who directed “Singin’ In The Rain” – so color me impressed. I love the chemistry between Grant and Hepburn – their opening “meet cute” – Grant getting blasted by a kid with a squirt gun – is classic – and the trio of actors who play the “bad guys” – stalking Audrey in search of the money her husband stole from them – are all wonderful. Two of them went on yo win Academy Awards – something Grant himself never did in his illustrious career. All that and a wonderful title sequence and a Henry Mancini title song. What’s not to love?

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  2. This film is a truly wonderful escape. Great acting with heavy doses of wit and a fantastic supporting cast of familiar faces help to deliver plenty of twist and turns. Grant and Hepburn have a charming chemistry and Walter Matthau delivers just the right amount of angst and authority in his performance. Very entertaining.

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