Shadow of a Doubt

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright

Universal Studios Home Video | February 7, 2006 | DVD

Shadow of a Doubt is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Charlie lies on her bed in Santa Rosa, California, bored with her small town-life in her small-town family. She wants a change, a little excitement. Meanwhile, her namesake, Uncle Charlie, lies on another bed thousands of miles away in Philadelphia surrounded by discarded bills, deep in secret thoughts. These two are linked, psychic twins, and when Charlie goes to send for her uncle, she finds a telegram announcing his visit already waiting for her. Uncle Charlie brings happiness into the Newton home and a special pleasure to Mother. Yet Charlie feels a tension -- as if her double has brought violence into her home as well. Subtle clues -- a nameless melody, a news article, an engraved ring-- add weight to Charlie's vague doubts. This growing knowledge shocks her out of the warm sense of safety that she held in her small world. Her favorite uncle, her mother's beloved brother, holds a deep hatred for "useless" women living off their dead husbands' fortunes. While all around her townsfolk joke about murder and mayhem, Charlie sees the coldness that lies beneath her uncle's playful facade.

Video Release: February 7, 2006

Runtime: 108

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192831324

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellence Lurking In The Shadows Young Charlie is disgruntled with life; as a young woman, she finds fault with her mother's 'monotonous life' and wishes for more. It is then that her namesake, Uncle Charlie shows up, providing respite from the doldrums and happiness for the whole family; however, all is not what it appears. Charlie's uncle is edgy, irritable and gives her a ring engraved with foreign initials - could he be the Merry Widow Murderer? This Hitchcock thriller is delicious. Joseph Cotton plays Uncle Charlie with malice and ease and Teresa Wright is a lovely young Charlie. Movie fans will recognize Hume Cronyn (Cocoon and Jessica Tandy's husband) and Henry Travers (It's A Wonderful Life) in supporting roles. Shot in black and white, the movie is noir film making at its best with delicious moments of suspense and mystery. Thoroughly enjoyable - embrace the shadows ...
Date published: 2013-10-24

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Shadow of a Doubt

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright

Video Release: February 7, 2006

Runtime: 108

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192831324


Edition Description
  • Closed Captioned
  • B&W
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English, English

Synopsis

Charlie lies on her bed in Santa Rosa, California, bored with her small town-life in her small-town family. She wants a change, a little excitement. Meanwhile, her namesake, Uncle Charlie, lies on another bed thousands of miles away in Philadelphia surrounded by discarded bills, deep in secret thoughts. These two are linked, psychic twins, and when Charlie goes to send for her uncle, she finds a telegram announcing his visit already waiting for her. Uncle Charlie brings happiness into the Newton home and a special pleasure to Mother. Yet Charlie feels a tension -- as if her double has brought violence into her home as well. Subtle clues -- a nameless melody, a news article, an engraved ring-- add weight to Charlie's vague doubts. This growing knowledge shocks her out of the warm sense of safety that she held in her small world. Her favorite uncle, her mother's beloved brother, holds a deep hatred for "useless" women living off their dead husbands' fortunes. While all around her townsfolk joke about murder and mayhem, Charlie sees the coldness that lies beneath her uncle's playful facade.

Description

Uncle Charlie makes a surprise visit to his relatives in California. But despite his charm, his niece and namesake begins to see signs and intuitively starts to believe her uncle is a murderer. From the story by Gordon McConnell, with a screenplay co-written by Thornton Wilder. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Story.

Notes

Additional cast members include Edna May Wonacott (Ann Newton), Charles Bates (Roger Newton), Irving Bacon (Station Master), Janet Shaw (Louise) and Estelle Jewell (Catherine). Gordon McDonnell wrote the original story; William Tummel was the assistant director. MCA/Universal issued the video in a new package look on May 23, 1995.
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