Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt

Alfred Hitchcock (1942)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A teenager is thrilled by her beloved uncle's unexpected visit - but her suspicions are gradually aroused by his odd behaviour and the appearance of two strangers. When she sees him tearing an article out of the newspaper about a man who marries rich widows and murders them for their money, she fears he is the killer in question. Alfred Hitchcock's mystery thriller, starring Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright and Hume Cronyn.

Cast & 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
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray