Alfred Hitchcock's first indisputable masterpiece (1943). Joseph Cotten is Uncle Charlie, aka the Merry Widow Murderer, who returns to his hometown to visit his niece and namesake, played by Teresa Wright. Hitchcock's discovery of darkness within the heart of small-town America remains one of his most harrowing films, a peek behind the facade of security that reveals loneliness, despair, and death. Thornton Wilder collaborated on the script; it's Our Town turned inside out.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson and Alma Reville
Producer: Jack H. Skirball
Cast: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Hume Cronyn, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Edna May Wonacott, Wallace Ford, Irving Bacon, Charles Bates, Clarence Muse, Janet Shaw, Minerva Urecal, Isabel Randolph and Eily Malyon