Shadow of a Doubt (1943) - Rotten Tomatoes

Shadow of a Doubt1943

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)



Critic Consensus: Alfred Hitchcock's earliest classic -- and his own personal favorite -- deals its flesh-crawling thrills as deftly as its finely shaded characters.

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This is about the relationship between Uncle Charlie and his niece. He seems to be a good man on the surface, however, secrets about him soon become revealed to his niece and she will need to make choices that could end up destroying the whole family.

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Joseph Cotten
as Uncle Charlie
Macdonald Carey
as Jack Graham
Hume Cronyn
as Herbie Hawkins
Henry Travers
as Joseph Newton
Wallace Ford
as Fred Saunders
Irving Bacon
as Station Master
Charles Bates
as Roger Newton
Charley Bates
as Roger Newton
Patricia Collinge
as Emma Newton
Clarence Muse
as Railroad Porter
Janet Shaw
as Louise
Estelle Jewell
as Girl Friend
Minerva Urecal
as Mrs. Henderson, Pani Henderson
Isabel Randolph
as Mrs. Green, Pani Green
Earle Dewey
as Pan Norton, Mr. Norton
Eily Malyon
as Librarian
Edward Fielding
as Doctor on Train
Sarah Edwards
as Doctor's Wife on Train
Vaughan Glaser
as Dr. Phillip
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Phillip
Grandon Rhodes
as Rev. MacCurdy
Ruth Lee
as Mrs. MacCurdy
Edwin Stanley
as Pan Green, Mr. Green
Frances Carson
as Pani Poetter, Mrs. Poetter
Byron Shores
as Detective, Detektyw
John McGuire
as Detective, Detektyw
Constance Purdy
as Mrs. Martin, Pani Martin
Shirley Mills
as Young Girl
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Critic Reviews for Shadow of a Doubt

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16)

It's Hitchcock unleashed...

January 21, 2022 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

An Alfred Hitchcock picture is something of an event. This one, which runs for an hour and 45 minutes, is an ingenious and unorthodox thriller which is continuously entertaining.

May 26, 2021 | Full Review…

A series of tense dramatic scenes superbly acted by Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright.

April 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Master of the suspense drama that he is, Hitchcock keeps his climax for the very end. When it comes it is terrific. The final curtain Is a glorious piece of cynicism.

April 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Shadow of a Doubt may or may not be Hitchcock's greatest film, but it's his most intimate and heart-wrenching.

April 9, 2020 | Full Review…

This is certainly one of Hitchcock's most satisfying thrillers, mostly thanks to Wright and Cotten's believable relationship.

April 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shadow of a Doubt


The title's doubt grows in us much before it is planted inside the character's mind halfway through this superbly-written story, which is a testament to how this tense, suspenseful mystery is slowly and carefully built in what is one of Hitchcock's most steadily-paced thrillers.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Interesting older movie. Good characters and well made. The initial relationship between the two Charlie's was slightly disturbing. Lol. Could be just how my mind works though. I would say this was a more innocent time, but perhaps not when all is revealed. The annoying younger sister was amusing and the young Charlie was quite endearing also. Black and white always looks so stylish too.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Hitchcock made so many brilliant films in his long career that it's easy to overlook certain gems among showier works like Psycho, Vertigo and The Birds, yet in its quiet, unassuming way, Shadow of a Doubt is as perfect as anything the master ever made. I don't necessarily cite it as a fault - indeed, he often uses it to advantage - but there is certainly much in Hitchcock that is artificial and studio-bound. Here, however, by effectively casting (then) small-town America as a central character in the drama and opting to shoot on location in Santa Rosa, California, Hitchcock achieves with Shadow of a Doubt a vividness of setting virtually unparalleled elsewhere in his oeuvre, possible exceptions being the San Francisco of Vertigo or the Covent Garden of Frenzy. This might also be Hitchcock's most perfectly cast movie, with even the most minor of characters perfectly realised. Joseph Cotton is cast superbly against type as the charismatic wolf in sheep's clothing, Uncle Charlie, but the heart and soul of the picture is the beautifully judged performance of Teresa Wright as Charlie's adoring niece and namesake. I would personally rank the adorable Miss Wright as my favourite heroine in all of Hitchcock.

Stephen M
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

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