Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
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SHADOW OF A DOUBT is filled with colorful supporting characters, not the
least of whom are the members of the Newton family:
as Emma Newton, Henry Travers
as her husband Joe, Charles Bates as Roger (the younger brother),
Teresa Wright as Young Charlie Newton, Edna Mae Wonacott as Ann (the
younger sister), and Joseph Cotten
as the murderer-in-residence Uncle Charlie.
Patricia Collinge (at left with
Teresa Wright) radiates sincerity as Mrs. Emma Newton, the flighty
small-town housewife and mother who adores her younger brother Charles and
from whom her daughter must hide her growing suspicions. Though
and Collinge all went
unrecognized at Oscar time.
Also a standout among the supporting characters is Hume Cronyn, playing the
Newton's next-door neighbor Herb Hawkins who, along with Mr. Newton (Henry
Travers), enjoys reading and occasionally plotting murder mysteries.
Their conversations add a macabre element of humor to the film, and in an
example of typical Hitchcockian irony, the two amateur sleuths fail even to
recognize the mystery unfolding before them, let alone solve it.
While the youngest members of the Newton family, Ann and Roger, also play a
comic role in the film, their constant banter serves to disrupt the peace in
the home as well, contributing to the growing tension. Roger (Charles Bates)
is always spouting useless information and shouting to be heard, while his
older sister Ann (Edna Mae Wonacott) is a know-it-all bookworm who senses
things she is still too young to understand.
More Memorable Quotations:
- "The cities are full of women, middle-aged widows, husbands dead,
husbands who've spent their lives making fortunes, working and working.
And then they die and leave their money to their wives, their silly wives.
And what do the wives do, these useless women? You see them in the hotels,
the best hotels, every day by the thousands, drinking the money, eating
the money, losing the money at bridge, playing all day and all night,
smelling of money, proud of their jewelry but of nothing else.
Horrible, faded, fat, greedy women . . . Are they human or are they fat,
wheezing animals, hmm? And what happens to animals when they get too fat
and too old?" --Uncle Charlie.
- "We're not talking about killing people. Herb's talking about killing
me, and I'm talking about killing him." --Joe Newton.
- "I never make up anything. I get everything from my books. They're all
- "I don't want you here, Uncle Charlie. I don't want you to touch my
mother. So go away, I'm warning you. Go away or I'll kill you myself. See,
that's the way I feel about you." --Young Charlie Newton.
- "Mothers don't lose daughters. Don't you remember? They gain sons."
--Young Charlie Newton.
- "He thought the world was a horrible place. He couldn't have been very
happy, ever . . . He didn't trust people. Seemed to hate them -- hated the
whole world. You know, he said people like us had no idea what the world
was really like." --Young Charlie Newton.
- "Well it's not quite as bad as that. Sometimes it needs a lot of
watching; seems to go crazy every now and then -- like your Uncle
Charlie." --Jack Graham.
"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." --Uncle Charlie.
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