Shadow of a Doubt*

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Shadow of a Doubt*

  • 1943 ----- b & w ----- 108 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written, principally, by Thornton Wilder; with Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Hume Cronyn) Hitchcock got Thorton Wilder to write the screenplay, assuming that the playwright who created Our Town would be the perfect scenarist to provide the right kind of ambiance and characterization to the film's small, close-knit Santa Rosa locale. The film's construction is adroit and very calculated, letting the viewer know early on just what kid of man Joseph Cotten really is, but providing tension through Cotten's devious charade as a gentle, kind man deserving of his family's love--a tension that fuels the chilling cat-and-mouse game between Cotten and Teresa Wright that provides the film's powerful center. (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Community Life, Family Life, Literature: American, Motion Pictures: Features)