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In 1943, Hitchcock teamed with playwright Thornton Wilder
and went on location in Santa Rosa, California to create SHADOW OF A DOUBT
(1943), one of his most neglected masterpieces. Featuring
Teresa Wright as a young
woman who fears her Uncle Charlie (Joseph
Cotten) may be a hunted murderer, and also showcasing memorable character
performances by Patricia
Collinge and Hume Cronyn, SHADOW OF A DOUBT,
Hitchcock often remarked, was the director's personal favorite of all his
His next film, LIFEBOAT (1944), told the story of
a group of shipwrecked passengers stranded in a lifeboat, and starred Tallulah
Bankhead alongside William Bendix, Walter Slezak, John Hodiak and Hume
Cronyn. It is unique among Hitchcock's films (and films of the period)
because all the action is confined to a single set. (Incidentally,
this isolated staging required Hitchcock to make his cameo in a newspaper
(clip) from LIFEBOAT (1944) by
Friedhofer (a .MP3 file).
In the first of three films Hitchcock would make with
David O. Selznick's
Swedish import Ingrid Bergman,
SPELLBOUND (1945), the director delved into the still-fledgling science of
psychoanalysis and hired surrealist artist Salvador Dali to work as art
director on the film's famed dream sequence. Though its simplistic
approach to analysis dates SPELLBOUND a little, the film is still a
fascinating piece of movie making, and co-stars
Gregory Peck in one of his earliest
Dream Sequence" (clip) from SPELLBOUND (1945) by
Rozsa (a .MP3 file).
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Hitchcock's second film with both
Ingrid Bergman and Cary
Grant, NOTORIOUS (1946), proved to be another smashing critical and box-office success, this time about the daughter of a convicted Nazi spy who
agrees to go undercover for the American government in Rio di Janeiro and
spy on her father's former associates, including Claude Rains.
The key featured on the poster at left is an important prop in NOTORIOUS,
and in 1979 when Hitchcock was honored by the American Film Institute with
the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award,
Ingrid Bergman presented the key to
Hitchcock as a token of good luck.
Hitchcock's last film under his contract with
THE PARADINE CASE (1947), the story of a defense attorney (Gregory
Peck) who becomes obsessed with the guilt or innocence of his client (Alida
Valli), a women accused of murdering her husband.
Paradine Case" (clip) by
Waxman (a .MP3 file).
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