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  • Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

FP035: Mr. Hitchcock Meets “Our Town”

While not his first American film, Shadow of a Doubt is arguably Hitchcock’s first “American” film—his first look at the darkness that lies just beneath the surface of an All-American city. And he begins populating his background with some of his wonderful eccentrics, in this case being Hume Cronyn and Henry Travers and their endless discussions about how to perfectly murder each other. And “Our Town”? Thornton Wilder both contributed to the screenplay as well as getting a special acknowledgment for his assistance.

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