Shadow of a Doubt (1943)


“We’re not talking about killing people. Herb’s talking about killing me and I’m talking about killing him.” – Joseph Newton

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A young woman suspects that her visiting uncle may be running from the law and tries to find a way to find out the truth.

My Take on it – I somehow failed to realize that in my quest a while back to watch all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, I seem to have missed this one.

This is a great film since it allows the viewer to keep guessing as to what is really going on all the way until the very end.

This adds so much to the level of suspense especially since it puts us in the exact same place as the characters who are also trying to discover the truth.

The way that things are left very ambiguous throughout this entire film works extremely well because it makes us feel as equals to the characters who are also in the dark about the truth.

Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten are both superb in this film and I love the way that they make us like both of them at the start and then just like the characters, we start to get more and more suspicious of things despite no concrete proof either way.

Wright’s character is developed really well and that helps us join her in her quest for the truth no matter how difficult the situation gets and that helps keep things so enjoyable and intriguing from the very beginning all the way until the credits begin to roll and we can take it all in.

This is definitely among Hitchcock’s best films!

Bottom Line – Excellent Hitchcock film since it allows us to keep guessing the whole way through just like the characters. Things are left quite ambiguous throughout which adds so much to the level of suspense. Wright and Cotten are both superb in this film and the way that the story unfolds makes us like both of them which causes problems once suspicions arise.  Wright’s character is developed really well and makes us wonder as much as she does about what is really going on and that helps keep this film enjoyable and intriguing from start to finish. Among Hitchcock’s best films!! Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sir Alfred Hitchcock said that part of why he considered this to be his favorite movie was that he loved the idea of bringing menace to a small town. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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