Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Best Quotes

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The Newton family leads a quiet life in Santa Rosa, California. The Newton’s eldest daughter, “young Charlie”, decides that things need brightening up and resolves to contact her Uncle Charlie (after whom she is named) and invite him to stay. On arrival at the telegraph office, she discovers he is already on his way. However, Uncle Charlie is being pursued by a couple of detectives who suspect him of being “The Merry Widow Murderer”, an evil strangler wanted in connection with the deaths of several rich East coast widows.

Starred by Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey

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Uncle Charlie: You think you know something, don’t you? You think you’re the clever little girl who knows something. There’s so much you don’t know, so much. What do you know, really? You’re just an ordinary little girl, living in an ordinary little town. You wake up every morning of your life and you know perfectly well that there’s nothing in the world to trouble you. You go through your ordinary little day, and at night you sleep your untroubled ordinary little sleep, filled with peaceful stupid dreams. And I brought you nightmares. Or did I? Or was it a silly, inexpert little lie? You live in a dream. You’re a sleepwalker, blind. How do you know what the world is like? Do you know the world is a foul sty? Do you know, if you rip off the fronts of houses, you’d find swine? The world’s a hell. What does it matter what happens in it? Wake up, Charlie. Use your wits. Learn something.

 

Uncle Charlie: The cities are full of women, middle-aged widows, husbands, dead, husbands who’ve spent their lives making fortunes, working and working. And then they die and leave their money to their wives, their silly wives. And what do the wives do, these useless women? You see them in the hotels, the best hotels, every day by the thousands, drinking the money, eating the money, losing the money at the bridge, playing all day and all night, smelling of money, proud of their jewelry but of nothing else, horrible, faded, fat, greedy women… Are they human or are they fat, wheezing animals, hmm? And what happens to animals when they get too fat and too old?

Joseph Newton: We’re not talking about killing people. Herb’s talking about killing me and I’m talking about killing him.

 

Ann Newton: God bless Mama, Papa, Captain Midnight, Veronica Lake, and the President of the United States.

 

Young Charlie: Go away, I’m warning you. Go away or I’ll kill you myself. See… that’s the way I feel about you.

 

Ann Newton: The ones that say they don’t want anything always get more in the end.

 

Uncle Charlie: Forty thousand dollars is no joke, not to him, I bet. It’s a joke to me. The whole world’s a joke to me.

[to the telegraph operator]

Young Charlie: Mrs. Henderson, do you believe in telepathy?

Mrs. Henderson: Well, I ought to. That’s my business.

Young Charlie: Oh, not telegraphy. Mental telepathy. Like, well, suppose you have a thought, and suppose the thought’s about someone you’re in tune with, and then across thousands of miles, that person knows what you’re thinking about and answers you, and it’s all mental.

Mrs. Henderson: I don’t know what you’re talking about. I only send telegrams the normal way.

 

Ann Newton: You’d think Mama had never seen a phone. She makes no allowance for science. She thinks she has to cover the distance by sheer lung power.

Young Charlie: He thought the world was a horrible place. He couldn’t have been very happy, ever. He didn’t trust people. Seemed to hate them. He hated the whole world. You know, he said people like us had no idea what the world was really like.

 

[Uncle Charlie visits the bank]

Uncle Charlie: Hello, Joe. Can you stop embezzling a minute and give me your attention?

Joseph Newton: Oh, uh, Charles, we don’t joke about such things here.

Uncle Charlie: Aw, what’s a little shortage in the books at the end of the month? Any good bank clerk can cover up a little shortage. Isn’t that right, Charlie?

Young Charlie: Uncle Charlie, you’re awful. Everyone can hear you.

Uncle Charlie: Good thing they can. We all know what banks are. Look all right to an outsider, but no one knows what goes on when the doors are locked. Can’t fool me, though.

 

Joseph Newton: Don’t put the heat on the bed.

Uncle Charlie: Superstitious, Joe?

Joseph Newton: No, but I don’t believe in inviting trouble.

Uncle Charlie: I got in the habit of carrying a lot of cash with me when I was traveling.

Mr. Green: Dangerous habit, Mr. Oakley.

Uncle Charlie: Never lost a penny in my life, Mr. Green. I guess heaven takes care of fools and scoundrels.

Emma Newton: Don’t whisper. When you whisper, anyone could hear you a block away.

 

Uncle Charlie: How was the church, Charlie? Did you count the house? Turn anybody away?

Young Charlie: No. Room enough for everyone.

Uncle Charlie: Well, I’m glad to hear that. The show’s been running such a long time, I thought maybe attendance might be falling off.

Jack Graham: It seems to go crazy every now and then, like your Uncle Charlie.