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Shadow of a Doubt—Best Movie of All Time?

One of the Best Movies of All Time has been on a lot lately: Shadow of a Doubt

I know some of you are probably like, um, no, sorry, I don’t watch old black and white movies.

But you won’t regret making an exception for Shadow of a Doubt (starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotton)! You’ve got to watch it!

Shadow of a Doubt is about Charlie, a young girl who lives with her family in the 1940s.

Charlie’s excited because, while nothing much ever happens in her town of Santa Rosa, something fun is about to go down:

Her beloved Uncle Charlie, whom she’s named after, is coming for a visit!

Charlie’s so happy! She loves showing her sophisticated uncle off to her friends and serving him breakfast in bed.

Charlie isn’t at all suspicious when Uncle Charlie gives her an emerald cocktail ring with someone else’s initials in it, or when he deposits $40,000 in cash at the local bank.

That’s just Uncle Charlie. He’s so wacky!

It’s not until a handsome police detective shows up and flat out tells Charlie that Uncle Charlie isn’t such a great guy after all that Charlie begins to put two and two together….

Maybe her Uncle Charlie isn’t as fun-loving as he’s always seemed.

Maybe he’s actually hiding something.

Maybe he’s actually….

Oh, I don’t know….

A serial killer?

Except that Uncle Charlie doesn’t like the police or his niece asking questions (like where he got that ring), or poking around in his business.

But young Charlie is more afraid of what her uncle’s arrest will do to her mother than she is of what Uncle Charlie could do to her.

So Charlie sets out to discover for herself whether or not her uncle is the notorious Merry Widow murderer.

Watch this hilarious (and extremely well-done) fan-made music video about the movie:

This is definitely one of the best movies of all time! The heroine doesn’t just let things happen to her—she acts to protect her beloved family, and in totally believable—kick butt—ways.

And when the detective confesses his love for Charlie….

Well, her response might be a bit of a shock, considering the era in which the movie was made.

But then again…it’s Charlie, who tells her own uncle at one point: “Go away, I’m warning you. Go away or…I’ll kill you myself.”

One of the reasons this movie rocks so hard is because it’s co-written by Sally Benson, who wrote Meet Me in St. Louis, and one of my favorite books of all times, Junior Miss!

Four tiaras for Shadow of a Doubt!

More later.

Much love,

Meg

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