Shadow of a Doubt

1943 film by Alfred Hitchcock

Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 American movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Theresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. It tells the story of a naïve young girl called Charlie (played by Wright) who lives in a sleepy town in California with her well-meaning parents, and how her life is put in danger when her sinister uncle (played by Cotten) comes to stay with the family. Over the course of the movie, Charlie discovers that her uncle is a wanted serial killer who has murdered a lot of rich widows for their money. When her uncle finds out that Charlie has discovered his secret he sets out to murder her before she exposes him.

Shadow of a Doubt
Theatrical release poster, Style C
Directed byAlfred Hitchcock
Screenplay by
Story byGordon McDonell
Produced byJack H. Skirball
CinematographyJoseph A. Valentine
Edited byMilton Carruth
Music byDimitri Tiomkin (original)
Franz Lehár
Skirball Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • January 12, 1943 (1943-01-12)
Running time
108 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.2 million (U.S. rentals)[2]


  1. "SHADOW OF A DOUBT (A)". British Board of Film Classification. February 10, 1943. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  2. "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54

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