We have some old-school classics to save us from the glut of January crappola today. It starts with one of the very best: Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, released today in 1943. Having made a splash in Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, Joseph Cotton turned his talents to playing a villain: a killer who arrives in an idyllic small town to hide from authorities amid his sister’s family. Hitchcock filmed it all in the town of Santa Rosa, CA — one of many times that Northern California would serve as the setting for his movies — and it stands today alongside the likes of Vertigo and Psycho as one of his very best.
Also released today were Lewis Milestone’s 1940 version of Of Mice and Men, starring Burgess Meredith as George and Lon Chaney, Jr. as Lennie; and The Invisible Man Returns, also in 1940, with Vincent Price taking over for Claude Raines as a falsely accused man who uses the infamous invisibility formula to evade the authorities.