In the last part of this series I recast the main characters of classic Hitchcock movies Rope, North by Northwest, and The Birds. Today, I will recast three more films; Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Shadow of a Doubt. Enjoy!
Shadow of a Doubt is one of Hitchcock’s best movies. In fact, it was Hitchcock’s personal favorite and for good reason. This film builds upon its suspense and is perfectly directed, leading you through the story in a really immersive way.
In it, Joseph Cotton plays the estranged uncle, Charlie Oakley and Teresa Wright plays his niece, Charlie Newton. They are the beating heart of this thriller masterpiece and it is their performances that help make this one of my favorite Hitchcock movies.
But who could play these two? I’ve got just the two actors who would be perfect in these roles.
If you’ve been reading my blog you may know that I am an Alfred Hitchcock fan. His movies are top-notch, his directorial vision is stellar, and he’s simply an inspiration. Being the Alfred Hitchcock fan that I am I decided to do something really fun; recast his most iconic films with current Hollywood stars that would be great fits for these movies. So, with no further delay, let’s begin with North by Northwest.
In this action-packed thriller filled with twists and turns you had leading man Cary Grant and his beautiful spy love-interest, Eva Marie Saint. Together, they carried this riveting story that doesn’t let up until the film’s abrupt conclusion.
So, who could play the confused-but-quick-witted businessman, Roger Thornhill and the beautiful-yet-cunning CIA agent, Eve Kendall?
Bingo, Idris Elba! I can just see him as the New York businessman-turned-hunted-CIA-decoy Roger Thornhill. He has the charm, he has that same Hollywood leading man quality as Cary Grant, and he’s someone easy to root for.
Now, there’s so many women I can imagine playing Eve Kendall but my immediate choice was…
I love Alfred Hitchcock movies! They are so riveting, surprising, different, rewarding, and the two newest Hitchcock films I watched yesterday blew my mind!
A Shadow of a Doubt
First, my sister and I watched A Shadow of a Doubt which was Hitchcock’s personal favorite film in his repertoire and I don’t blame him. This movie was outstanding, from beginning to end, with a plot that built upon its level of suspense, creating more and more layers of shockingly brilliant movie making.
The film’s primary antagonist was the creepiest villain I’ve seen in Hitchcock’s movies besides Bates in Psycho. However, Teresa Wright’s Charlie is undoubtedly my favorite female character of the Hitchcock movies and maybe is one of my favorite movie heroines of all time.
I found myself cheering for her and scared for her and I just loved her. With so many damsels in distress in these films, it was nice to see her take charge in this movie.
This was undoubtedly one of the best Hitchcock movies I’ve seen and I’m so glad I watched it.
As a homage to Sean Connery who passed at the age of 90 just last week the next Alfred Hitchcock movie I decided to watch was Marnie, a film starring him and Tippi Hedren in a romantic mystery that, despite not having the high-octane action of North by Northwest or the nail-biting suspense as Rope, manages to keep you on your toes in a different way.
Sean Connery plays the role of the dashing (and rather gentlemanly, all things considered) businessman Mark Rutland who unexpectedly falls in love with a kleptomaniac (Tippi Hedren’s Marnie.) She tries to steal from his company, he finds her, and instead of turning her over to the police, he marries her and tries to help her due to her mentally challenged behavior.
What takes place is a two hour long film that asks the question and leaves you asking the question, “What is wrong with her?” She’s frightened by the color red, she hates thunder and lightning, and despite sharing a couple of onscreen kisses with Connery’s Rutland and getting married the thought of performing any, you know, marital acts leaves her screaming and deathly afraid.
It’s all very strange and as the tension builds so does the suspense until the film reached its resounding conclusion which actually brought me to tears, can you believe that? I didn’t think I’d find myself actually getting emotional over Hitchcock’s movies but this one…this one got me.
Alfred Hitchcock is an amazing movie maker, clearly, and I love all of his movies…however, To Catch a Thief was actually kind of boring. Straying away from the riveting murders and thrilling plot points, To Catch a Thief is more of a romantic endeavor featuring a match made in Hollywood heaven with graceful Grace Kelly and “handsome” Cary Grant playing the two romantic leads.
The movie’s best scene was the one between Grant’s John and Kelly’s Frances during their nighttime date in her apartment. The cinematography was beautiful in that scene, the cat-and-mouse sexual tension between the two characters was at an all-time high, and the nice playback between the characters’ moment of passion and the fireworks display outside was a nice touch.
However, I ultimately fell asleep on the last thirty minutes of the movie, waking up just in time to see the conclusion of the film. The film’s plot–A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation–never delivered any moments that were that interesting.
All in all, I’ll give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and 89 out of 100.
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I love Alfred Hitchcock movies and Peacock has a library of Hitchcock films to explore. One such film that I was really excited to watch was Rope and boy did it deliver.
Every Hitchcock movie, besides their directorial similarities and recurring actors, manages to be different and this was no exception. Taking place in a single apartment for the duration of the movie, Rope follows the plot of two young murderers who try to prove the perfect crime by having a dinner party in the very apartment where they killed their fellow youngster. What takes place is a slow motion mystery that builds in suspense until by the end, you’re just bursting at the seams with excitement.
James Stewart once again stars in this Hitchcock movie and honestly, it may be my favorite role of his yet. He was utterly perfect in this film with his classic brand of nonchalant humor and clear-cut good-guy qualities. He’s honestly become one of my favorite old Hollywood actors and this movie confirmed that.
Rope is an amazing mystery and if you get the chance check it out ’cause it’s totally worth the watch.
The next Hitchcock movie I’m going to check out will definitely be To Catch a Thief and then Marnie. Both seem fascinating enough and I can’t wait to see them.
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