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Teresa Wright plays Charlie, a small-town high-schooler who enjoys a symbiotic relationship with her favorite uncle, also named Charlie (Joseph Cotten). When young Charlie "wills" that old Charlie pay a visit to her family, her wish comes true. Uncle Charlie is his usual charming self, but he seems a bit secretive and reserved at times. Too, his manner of speaking is curiously unsettling, especially when he brings up the subject of rich widows, whom he characterizes as "swine." When a pair of detectives (MacDonald Carey and Wallace Ford), posing as magazine writers, arrive in town and begin asking questions about Uncle Charlie, young Charlie's curiosity is aroused. Why, for example, has Uncle Charlie torn an article out of the evening newspaper? Rushing to the library, Young Charlie locates the missing item: the headline screams WHO IS THE MERRY WIDOW MURDERER? As the horrified Charlie reads on, the conclusion is inescapable: her beloved Uncle Charlie is a mass murderer, preying upon wealthy old women. And what happens next? Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, and Alma Reville (Mrs. Hitchcock) based their screenplay on a story by Gordon McDowell, who in turn was inspired by real-life "Merry Widow Murderer" Earle Leonard Nelson. The casting, from stars to bit players, is impeccable; the best of the batch is Hume Cronyn, making his film debut as a wimpy murder-mystery aficionado. Lensed on location in Santa Rosa, California, Hume Cronyn wasAlfred Hitchcock's favorite film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
National Board of Review Teresa Wright Best Acting 1943 Winner


Joseph Cotten
as Charlie Oakley
Teresa Wright
as Young Charlie Newton
MacDonald Carey
as Jack Graham
Henry Travers
as Joseph Newton
Wallace Ford
as Fred Saunders
Hume Cronyn
as Herbie Hawkins
Irving Bacon
as Station Master
Clarence Muse
as Pullman Porter
Janet Shaw
as Louise
Byron Shores
as Detective
Virginia Brissac
as Dr. and Mrs. Phillips
Frances Carson
as Mrs. Poetter
Constance Purdy
as Mrs. Martin
Minerva Urecal
as Mrs. Henderson
Vaughan Glaser
as Dr. Phillips
Isabel Randolph
as Mrs. Green
Edward Fielding
as Doctor on Train
Grandon Rhodes
as Reverand MacCurdy
Ruth Lee
as Mrs. MacCurdy
Shirley Mills
as Young Girl
Eily Malyon
as Librarian
Sarah Edwards
as Wife on Train
Edwin Stanley
as Mr. Green


Alfred Hitchcock
Jack H. Skirball
Sally Benson
Alma Reville
Joan Harrison
Joseph A. Valentine
Charles Previn
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dimitri Tiomkin
Composer (Music Score)
Costume Designer
Vera West
Costume Designer
Gordon McDonnell
Short Story Author