Shadow of a Doubt

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock Run Time: 108 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R

Release Year: 1943

Starring: Henry Travers, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright

Exactly who is Uncle Charlie? Alfred Hitchcock’s SHADOW OF A DOUBT is part of the VICE Presents: The Film Foundation Screening Series at Nitehawk Cinema.

Family ties get tested when young school teacher Charlie (played by Teresa Wright) discovers that her favorite uncle (Joseph Cotten), also named Charlie, is actually not the nice man he portrays. In classic Hitchcock style, Shadow of a Doubt is a sophisticated murder mystery that unfolds from the dark shadows, with clues strategically placed for our discovery, taking the audience along for one enjoyable crime-solving journey. Suspense and terror build as charming Uncle Charlie fights to keep his cleverly suspicious niece and undercover detectives from discovering his secret.

Love and good order is no defense against evil – Alfred Hitchcock. Shadow of a Doubt is noted as Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite film (watch for his cameo about 15 minutes in) and it is critically considered to be his first “masterpiece.”

SHADOW OF A DOUBT (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)
Preserved by the Library of Congress in cooperation with Universal Studios with funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.
 
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