If you’ve never see Shadow of a Doubt now’s your chance. This Alfred Hitchcock classic is one of the master filmmaker’s favorites and will be featured at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar Noir screening series this month.
Shadow of a Doubt stars Joseph Cotton as good, old Uncle Charlie, who is hardly the jovial man he appears to be. His niece (Teresa Wright), who is also his namesake, discovers his sinister secret life, which puts her own welfare in jeopardy.
What makes this flick a must see (preferably on the big screen) is how unapologetically Charlie is portrayed – long before we understood that serial killers were psychopaths and not crazy. Joseph Cotton, who was often cast as the good guy, committed fully to his role as a ruthless lady-killer.
Other than Anthony Hopkins, name a A-lister who would allow their heroic image to changed up for a film like this. Even Tom Hanks, who certainly has the chops to pull off this type of character (and Hanks reminds me of Cotton), chose to play a good-guy killer in Road to Perdition.
I want them back the way they were. Gimme the mean, monstrous murderers without regrets.
The Academy will screen Shadow of a Doubt Monday, May 17th, 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The pic will be introduced by screenwriter Dick Clement (The Bank Job/Across the Universe).
Tickets are a modest $5 for the general public, $3 for Academy members. Call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org for more info on purchasing tickets. The Academy is locate at 8949 Wilshire Blvd., in Beverly Hills.