The Last Sunset

Dear Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright,

Good Night, Mun

Well, if you two don’t make the creepiest uncle-niece pair ever conceived in your portrayal of Uncle Charlie and Charlie (Charlotte) in Shadow of a Doubt. Obviously, since this is one of Hitchcock’s undisputed masterpieces, there’s much more to your on-screen relationship than is initially apparent. As far as I can tell, the two Charlies, whose interactions are central to the plot of the film, interact on three different levels. On each of these levels, Charlie’s feelings towards her uncle are representative of the audience’s perspective.

  • [Spoiler alert] Like her mother, Charlie idolizes her uncle and desperately wants to be like him. Her ideals are shattered when she discovers that his cheery, loving nature is a sham. Even after Charlie confirms her suspicions, she hopes against hope (like the audience) that the Merry Widow Murderer really was that guy on the east coast. Charlie wants to save her uncle…

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