Combustible Celluloid
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With: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Hume Cronyn, Wallace Ford, Edna May Wonacott, Charles Bates, Irving Bacon, Clarence Muse, Janet Shaw, Estelle Jewell
Written by: Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, Alma Reville, based on a story by Gordon McDonell
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108
Date: 12/01/1943

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Charlie's Angles

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Hitch's own personal favorite of all his films stars Joseph Cotten as mysterious Uncle Charlie who comes to stay with his favorite niece, also named Charlie (Teresa Wright). Meanwhile, mysterious a string of murders has been committed. The idea of terror invading a small town seems quaint today, but Hitchcock builds suspense effortlessly throughout, using intricate details as well as the location's overall mood. Playwright Thornton Wilder (Our Town) co-wrote the screenplay and receives a heartfelt thanks in the credits. The movie received a single Oscar nomination, for Best Story (Gordon McDonell).

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