Best Alfred Hitchcock film Hitchcock never made.
Charade is a romantic comedy, mystery, thriller film. Fans describe it as the best Alfred Hitchcock film Hitchcock never made. Stanley Donen, who co-directed famed musical, Singin' in the Rain, a decade earlier, directed and produced Charade, which turned out to be his most financially, successful film. Because the film was released without the required, copyright logo, it went directly to public domain.(1) You can watch a decent version of the movie on Amazon Prime without having to pay additional rent.
Donen was an admirer of Alfred Hitchcock, and his favorite Hitchcock film, North by Northwest, also starred Cary Grant. I can only imagine Donen must have been thrilled to have gotten Grant to take on the lead role in his film. Also included in the cast are notable actors Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass. With the various plot twists and turns, and a whodonit mystery, Donen succeeded in making a worthy homage to Hitchcock.(2)
Henry Mancini's film score, which is copyrighted as opposed to the movie, sets the perfect backdrop for a 1963 thriller set in Paris. I've watched this movie twice. On first viewing, I was caught up with the playfulness of the two main characters, who are thrown together by chance to solve a mystery. On second viewing, I noticed the foreshadowing clues, and the influence this movie has had on future movies, two of which come to mind, The Murder on the Orient Express, and The Fugitive.
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