Suspenseful drama, the odd bits of humor make it great. Dated, but holds up well.
over 1 year
A suspenseful film about the injection of corruption/evil into a seemingly idyllic locale
over 3 years
Hitchcock ratchets up the tension but the payoff is so-so
over 3 years
Wright and Cotten play against each other culminating in an intense battle of will.
Great Hitchcock with a good cast, great on-screen family dynamic. Funny at times as well.
over 4 years
A cerebral cat-and-mouse game that crackles with suspense and tension.
almost 5 years
So gripping, great story and beautiful filming
Quite amazing, one of Hitchcock's first true masterpieces.
I remember the undertones of incest being rather unsettling
The first Hitchock film that I've really enjoyed
over 6 years
Fairly good mystery film that reveals the truth too soon.
Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 American thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. Written by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, and Alma Reville, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story for Gordon McDonell. In 1991, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In his book Bambi vs. Godzilla, David Mamet calls it Hitchcock's finest film. It has been claimed that Hitchcock called it his personal favorite. In a 1964 interview on Telescope with host Fletcher Markle, Markle noted, "Mr Hitchcock, most critics have always considered Shadow of a Doubt, which you made in 1943, as your finest film." Hitchcock replied immediately, "Me, too." Markle then asked, "That is your opinion of it still?" Hitchcock replied, "Oh, no question." At the time of the interview, Hitchcock's most recent work was Marnie.