Also note that as the forties became the fifties, Hitchcock’s famous cameo appearance occurred earlier in the movie so as not to distract the viewer.
Only very few directors are lucky enough to have made the perfect film. Alfred Hitchcock, the cinema’s greatest director, made six. Six perfect films in which every shot, every camera move, every editing sequence is, well, perfect. Here they are, listed chronologically. Note that four of the six-star Hitchcock’s favorite leading men Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart with two films each. Also note that as the forties became the fifties, Hitchcock’s famous cameo appearance occurred earlier in the movie so as not to distract the viewer.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943): A+
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay by: Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson and Alma Reville based on an idea/story by Gordon McDonell
Cinematography: Joseph Valentine
Edited by: Milton Caruth
Original Score: Dimitri Tiomkin (The Merry Widow Waltz by Franz Lehar)
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Starring: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, MacDonald Carey, Patricia Collinge, Hume Cronyn, and Henry Travers.
Hitchcock’s cameo: 0:16:27. On the train to Santa Rosa, playing cards, his back to the camera, he has a full hand of spades.
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