The Newton family lead a quiet life in the North California town of Santa Rosa. The Newton’s eldest daughter, ‘young Charlie’, decides that things need brightening up and resolves to contact her Uncle Charlie (after whom she is named) and invite him to stay. On arrival at the telegraph office she discovers he is already on his way. However, Uncle Charlie is being pursued by a couple of detectives who suspect him of being “The Merry Widow Murderer”, an evil strangler wanted in connection with the deaths of several rich East coast widows. —IMDb
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
I first saw this when I was about 9 and it scared the shit out of me. The Merry Widow waltz, the secret, the ring... It still holds well thanks to the strong performances (Cotten's wonderful voice!) and the fascinating duality theme, which is pretty explicit here. Also there are several memorable zoom in effects and low angle shots (a Wells influence?).
The very first Alfred Hitchcock movie I saw when I was young was The Birds. It sucked, and it put me off of his movies for a very long time. It’s only been since a few months ago that I’ve started… read review
Despite a stellar performance by Joseph Cotton and the solid (albeit not great) direction of Hitchcock, I found this film slightly underwhelming. It is more of a character study than a film which depends… read review
Alfred Hitchcock’s first real American film is also one of the best American films ever made—it’s certainly a film that couldn’t have been set anywhere else in the world. Not because of the quaint… read review