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Thursday July 19th 2018

Shadow Of A Doubt | 1943

Shadow Of A Doubt location: 904 McDonald Avenue, Santa Rosa
Shadow Of A Doubt location: ‘the Newton family home: 904 McDonald Avenue, Santa Rosa

Charlie Newton’s (Teresa Wright) favourite uncle, also Charlie (Joseph Cotten), is actually the ‘Merry Widow’ serial killer, in Alfred Hitchcock’s quietly understated thriller, co-scripted by playwright Thornton Wilder. The director often claimed the film was his personal favourite.

Hitchcock’s original intention to film the whole movie on location, paying scrupulous attention to the details of smalltown Americana, was ultimately compromised, but there’s still plenty of filming in northern California, around Santa Rosa, on Route 101 about 50 miles north of San Francisco.

Shadow Of A Doubt location: Railroad Depot, 9 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Shadow Of A Doubt location: Uncle Charlie arrives in Santa Rosa: the old Railroad Depot, 9 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Most of the city centre has been redeveloped, and the old library has gone, but you can still see the old railway station, where Uncle Charlie arrives. The station itself is no longer served by trains, but functions as the tourist office, the Old Railroad Depot, 9 Fourth Street, part of the Historic Railroad Square.

Amazingly, the unchanged family home can still be seen just out of town at 904 McDonald Avenue at 15th Street.