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Four-Star Films : 'Shadow Of A Doubt'

May 26, 1996|Michael Wilmington

Alfred Hitchcock always called this small-town, bucolic 1943 chiller his own personal favorite; it's the kind of mix of sunny complacency and chilly pathology that most deeply appealed to him. Charming Uncle Charlie (Jospeh Cotten, pictured, with Teresa Wright), an ice-cold Bluebeard and Merry Widow murderer, visits his country cousins in Santa Rosa, including his adoring niece, also called Charlie and gradually plunges them all into a vortex of murder and menace. The result is a masterpiece with a screenplay by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson and Alma Reville (Mrs. Hitchcock). Also starring Hume Cronyn, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge and MacDonald Carey (Disney early Saturday at 1:15 a.m.).

Other four-star films airing this week:

The Best Years of Our Lives / AMC, early Monday, 3:25 a.m.

Patton / HBO, Monday, noon.

To Kill a Mockingbird / Disney, Tue 11:30 p.m.

From Here to Eternity (1953) / TNT, Thursday, 5 p.m.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea / KTLA, early Saturday, 2 a.m. and TBS, Saturday, 5:05 p.m.

Some Like It Hot / TNT, Saturday, 10 a.m.

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