BY DANITA STEINBERG
Year Released: 1943
How It Fared Back Then: Critics loved it upon its release, and continue to love it, often hailing it as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces. The story was nominated for an Oscar. Hitchcock himself has gone on the record to say this is his personal favourite, too. With dozens and dozens of films under his belt, that’s no small statement.
Why It’s Lasted: I mean, it’s Hitch. All of his films last. He is, after all, the master of suspense. In particular, though, Shadow of a Doubt is a true stormy night kind of movie. It is atmospheric and daunting. The story is unlike any other (until Stoker ripped it off this year) which certainly keeps it feeling relevant. The two leads, Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten give two performances not to be missed.
Classic Moment: We all know that Hitchcock had a dark sense of humour, and that plays a huge role in Shadow of a Doubt. The whole film is about murder, unbeknownst to the family within the story (except, of course, Uncle Charlie and niece Charlie). A handful of times throughout the film, patriarch Joseph and his business partner, Herb casually discuss the best ways to off someone. Oh, Hitch.
Also, the end scene on the train is breathtaking. I don’t want to give too much away, but it will have you on the edge of your seat.
Does It Still Hold Up? Yes, absolutely! Like I said, the story is still fresh. You won’t be able to guess where it’s headed. Shadow of a Doubt was made 70 years ago, which naturally dates it for a younger audience, but it’s dated in a charming way. For already established Hitchcock fans, this is a real, less hyped-about gem. It is a film to savour and appreciate for all its expert storytelling.
Danita loves musicals, Bette Midler, sandwiches, Real Housewives, great horror films, and The Golden Girls. She’s a barista, bookworm, cinephile, and celebrity stalker. If she’s at home, she’s in her pajamas. Follow her on Twitter @danita_35.
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