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CHARADE
January 1, 2018  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

Stanley Donen directed this 1963 film, but Alfred Hitchcock could have. It’s the best Hitchcock film made by someone other than Hitch himself (and yes, that includes Brian De Palma), and stars Cary Grant – a familiar face from the Hitchcock canon – as a man who may or may not be embroiled in a case of mistaken identity. Audrey Hepburn plays the young widow who finds that several killers are out to get her – one of whom may or may not be Cary Grant’s suave but slippery character. I loved this mystery thriller when I saw it as a kid, and still love it today, when I’m much more familiar with the supporting cast: Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy.

 
 
 
 
 
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