Shadow of a Doubt

  • PG
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1942)
  • US
  • 103 min
Shadow of a Doubt
Film Review
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5 out of 5

A train, belching out a cloud of ominous black smoke, signifies trouble for a sleepy Californian town in Alfred Hitchcock's own personal favourite of his movies. Joseph Cotten has arrived and is met by his adoring niece, Teresa Wright. Both are called "Charlie". She is pumpkin-pie innocence; he is a suave killer, wanted back east for relieving widows of their wealth and their lives. Although Hitchcock blurs the line between good and evil (endorsing Cotten's outbursts against the cosy complacency of the town), the two Charlies are inevitably pitched against each other as suspicion increases and the police start nosing around. The movie may lack the show-off set pieces that Hitchcock turned into his trademark, yet its tension never falters.

Plot Summary

Classic Hitchcock thriller starring Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright. When Uncle Charlie arrives in the small Californian town of Santa Rosa, he is welcomed with open arms by his family. However, his admiring niece soon begins to harbour doubts about her favourite uncle.

Cast and crew


Young Charlie Newton
Teresa Wright
Uncle Charlie Oakley / Mr Spencer / Mr Otis
Joseph Cotten
Jack Graham
Macdonald Carey
Joseph Newton
Henry Travers
Emma Spencer Oakley Newton
Patricia Collinge
Herbie Hawkins
Hume Cronyn
Fred Saunders
Wallace Ford
Ann Newton
Edna May Wonacott
Roger Newton
Charles Bates
Station master
Irving Bacon
Pullman porter
Clarence Muse


Alfred Hitchcock

Other Information

Black and White
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG