One of the perfectly written-directed and acted films of Hitchcock abstained from any usual star power of glamour. Its ambiguous character study surrounded by doubt and trouble. Hitchcock showed the doubtful side of the man to the audience from the very beginning but the character of the film starts doubting him much after an hour has been passed. But still he kept our fingers crossed about the true face of the guest Uncle Charlie. Hitchcock plays with the theme of doubts on multiple levels without showing any sort of murder or crime on the screen; the whole drama happens around an average middle class American family of a small town. The denouement of all doubtful objects i.e.-ring, newspaper column, the use of light and shadows in photography and the ambivalent suspense fixed in the double layers of single personality is something so amazing.
I start liking Joseph Cotten more and more after every next film I’m watching. He’s such a natural and elegant actor too unlikely to match stylish and handsome ruling movie stars of that era but in acting he overshadowed many of them. It’s quite unusual to watch him here as sophisticated villain unlike his gentlemen roles in ‘Citizen Kane’ and ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’.
One of Hitchcock’s own favorite movie.