W: Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson & Alma
Reville [based on a story by Gordon McDonell]
DP: Joe Valentine
Ed: Milton Carruth
Mus: Dimitri Tiomkin
Joseph Cotten (Charlie Oakley), Teresa
Wright (Charlotte 'Charlie' Newton), Hume Cronyn (Herbie Hawkins), Macdonald Carey (Det. Jack Graham), Patricia Collinge (Emma Newton), Henry Travers (Joseph Newton)
Classic Hitchcock suspense with a fantastically creepy
leading performance from Joseph Cotten. He plays the mysterious "Uncle Charlie" who boards a train to stay with his sister and her family in a small Californian town, meanwhile
detectives are snooping, trying to get information on him as they try to solve the mystery of the "Merry Widow Strangler".
The movie mainly concentrates on Uncle Charlie and his
adoring niece (a great performance from Teresa Wright) and their deteriorating relationship as she discovers unsavoury truths about him.
Hitchcock once admitted this was his favourite of his
films. Personally, I prefer Vertigo, Psycho & North By Northwest, but it's still a great example of the legendary directors work.