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Hitchcock and the Censors$
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John Billheimer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177427

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.001.0001

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Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

(p.98) 11 Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Hitchcock and the Censors

John Billheimer

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the impact of external forces on the film Hitchcock often claimed to be his personal favorite. The Production Code office found little fault with the tale of a serial killer returning to his small-town roots. The War Production Board, by putting a limit of $5,000 on construction costs using new materials in Hollywood pictures, forced Hitchcock and screenwriter Thornton Wilder to shoot much of the film on location in Santa Rosa, California, adding greatly to the small-town feel of the film.

Keywords:   Alfred Hitchcock, Thornton Wilder, small town atmosphere, War Production Board, Production Code Administration, serial killer, Shadow of a Doubt

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