Written May 07, 2009
This psychological thriller about a shady man on the run from the FBI who may or may not be linked to a series of "Merry Widow" murders and takes refuge in his estranged sister's house in the sleepy Californian town of Santa Rosa is still PRIME Alfred Hitchcock! The suspense is masterfully honed from a script worked on by master playwright Thorton Wilder about restless Uncle Charley (creepily played by Joseph Cotten in one of his best roles) closing in on his once favorite niece (the always pitch-perfect Teresa Wright) who slowly begins to unveil the evil that lurks in her once beloved relative. Sterling supporting cast includes Henry Travers as the oblivious patriarch and Hume Cronyn in an early role a s nerd next-door-neighbor who enjoys detective magazines. Spellbinding and all the more effective as Hitch actually relented to shooting most of it on location, thus it gives the movie an added sense of reality rarely seen in his typicaly fabricated one. A true classic among classics!