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Shadow of a Doubt (1943) - locations

[[Thornton Wilder]] & [[Hitchcock]] in [[Courthouse Square]]

Shadow of a Doubt was mostly filmed on location in Santa Rosa, California, during August 1942.

Writer Thornton Wilder accompanied Hitchcock on a trip to the town in June 1942 so that they could incorporate local landmarks and buildings into the screenplay.

LIFE magazine ran an extensive feature on the film's production in their January 1943 edition:

As a director of one of the first movies to be produced under the Government restriction placing a $5,000 ceiling on new materials used for sets, [Hitchcock] has shown he has more than one trick up his sleeve. Accustomed to spending more than $100,000 on sets alone for one picture, Hitchcock made Shadow Of A Doubt by reverting to the "location shooting" of early movie days. Instead of elaborate sets he used the real thing... Instead of building a studio version of a typical American city, his main setting, he searched for a ready-made one. Selecting Santa Rosa, Calif. (pop. 13,000), Hitchcock with his cast and crew took over the entire city for four weeks, converted it into a complete motion-picture studio. The result is an exciting and highly realistic film, whose new set cost, mainly for studio replicas, was well under the imposed limit.



Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

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