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The Camera LiesActing for Hitchcock$
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Dan Callahan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197515327

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197515327.001.0001

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Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Lifeboat, Spellbound

Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Lifeboat, Spellbound

(p.120) 10 Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Lifeboat, Spellbound
The Camera Lies

Dan Callahan

Oxford University Press

Saboteur (1942) was one of Hitchcock’s weakest films because of its substandard cast, but Shadow of a Doubt was one of his best due mainly to strong work from all of its actors, from Joseph Cotten’s villainous Uncle Charlie to the unforgettable Janet Shaw, who plays an avaricious waitress at a seedy bar called Til Two. Hitchcock allowed Tallulah Bankhead to dominate Lifeboat (1944) with the contrast of her campy, expressive basso voice and her poker face, and then he fell madly in love with Ingrid Bergman’s extravagantly expressive yet often mysterious face in Spellbound (1945).

Keywords:   Shadow of a Doubt?>, Joseph Cotten, Tallulah Bankhead, Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck

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