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Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Joseph Cotten stars as Charlie, a murderer on the run who comes back to his hometown to hide from the police. Teresa Wright is his niece, also called Charlie, who idolizes him--until the agents hunting "Uncle Charlie" reveal to her who her uncle really is.

Said to be Alfred Hitchcock's favorite of his own films. Unmarked Spoilers Ahoy.


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  You think you know something, don't you? You think you're the clever little girl who knows something. There's so much you don't know, so much. What do you know, really? You're just an ordinary little girl, living in an ordinary little town. You wake up every morning of your life and you know perfectly well that there's nothing in the world to trouble you. You go through your ordinary little day, and at night you sleep your untroubled ordinary little sleep, filled with peaceful stupid dreams. And I brought you nightmares. Or did I? Or was it a silly, inexpert little lie? You live in a dream. You're a sleepwalker, blind. How do you know what the world is like? Do you know the world is a foul sty? Do you know, if you rip off the fronts of houses, you'd find swine? The world's a hell. What does it matter what happens in it? Wake up, Charlie. Use your wits. Learn something.

  • Wrongly Accused: A classic Hitchcock trope that in this film is subverted.
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