16 December 2019 | dbdumonteil
Shadow of a doubt
One of the users was right when he mentioned Hitchcock's "I confess" ;it also reminds me of the master's masterpiece "shadow of a doubt".
Louise's small village is a quiet peaceful place ("one murder a year" says the superintendent)with its pub ,its church and its shops ;Audrey Dalton, like Teresa Wright in "shadow" is an all-English (American) girl ,who does not know evil and who takes care of her disabled dad ;with Alan ,she never talked marriage .
She encounters evil through one member of her family (a brother for her,an uncle for Wright);the first time we have met Mike,he seems a nice guy coming home (like a brave soldier ) whereas Alan ,loaded with bottles when he enters the house , might be an alcoholic.
But you should not go by appearances : however, it's a long time before Louise realizes and (accepts) what her beloved brother is ;the cast is strong : Audrey Dalton is the gentle "sis" who is confronted to things she would not imagine in her darkest nightmares;Sidney Chaplin (a handsome man , the look of a hero)gives the jitters with his suave smile and his threats ;Peter Hammond makes all his scenes count,as a true Christian believer tormented by guilt :his confession (a good prologue too) is a great moment.
Directing is not as inventive as Hitchcock's ,but in the last scenes , Hugues excels himself ,with a stunning finale : the use of the great organ and of the bell are worthy of the master of suspense .(and "Vertigo" had not yet happened).