A young girl, overjoyed when her favorite uncle comes to visit the family, slowly begins to suspect that he is in fact the "Merry Widow" killer sought by the authorities.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Thornton Wilder (screenplay), Sally Benson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Teresa Wright ... Charlie Newton
Joseph Cotten ... Charlie Oakley
Macdonald Carey ... Jack Graham
Henry Travers ... Joseph Newton
Patricia Collinge ... Emma Newton
Hume Cronyn ... Herbie Hawkins
Wallace Ford ... Fred Saunders
Edna May Wonacott Edna May Wonacott ... Ann Newton
Charles Bates ... Roger Newton
Irving Bacon ... Station Master
Clarence Muse ... Pullman Porter
Janet Shaw ... Louise Finch
Estelle Jewell Estelle Jewell ... Catherine
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Storyline

Charlotte "Charlie" Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much travelled Uncle Charlie Oakley, her mother's younger brother. Imagine her delight when, out of the blue, they receive a telegram from Uncle Charlie announcing that he is coming to visit them for awhile. Charlie Oakley creates quite a stir and charms the ladies' club, as well as the bank President where his brother-in-law works. Young Charlie begins to notice some odd behavior on his part, such as cutting out a story in the local paper about a man who marries and then murders rich widows. When two strangers appear asking questions about him, she begins to imagine the worst about her dearly beloved Uncle Charlie. Written by garykmcd

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The Screen's Sensational Emotional Star....and the Master Director of "Rebecca", "Suspicion"...uniting their rare talents in the trill-shattering story of a girl in terror of her secret life! (Print Ad- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 29 January 1943) See more »


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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

When Charlotte and Charlie cross the street to go to the bank, the street corner is empty. In the next shot, there are many people on the same corner. See more »

Quotes

Jack Graham: I like it when you laugh - and I like it when you don't. I guess I like you whatever you do. I guess I like you.
Young Charlie: Oh, I'm glad. I like you too.
Young Charlie: Funny how you happen to meet someone and like them and - like them.
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Referenced in Aladdin: Shadow of a Doubt (1994) See more »

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The Merry Widow Waltz
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Lehár
In the score throughout the movie
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this captivates from the very beginning
8 February 2017 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

With the rousing score of Dimitri Tiomkin and the wonderful camera work, this captivates from the very beginning. We switch from the tight, small lodging out into wide open and view a chase on foot from above, runners and shadows racing before us as we wonder just what is afoot. As it happens we are to find out that Joseph Cotton's character is guilty almost straight away yet spend the rest of the film in suspense as we doubt ourselves. This partly because of the tale of his personal history and partly because of the love and affection of his niece, a wonderful performance from Teresa Wright. Shot largely on location and using a lovely old property in which the large family tumble this way and that in marvellous abandon while the lady of the house tries to maintain control. I learn from the extras that in the end, more shots were required by Hitch and so a set had to be built anyway replicating the building. A very fine, involving, moving and suspenseful film.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

15 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadow of Doubt See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$579
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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