Much of Alfred Hitchcock's movie Shadow of a Doubt,
written by Thornton Wilder, was filmed at this house on McDonald Ave. It was rare for Hitchcock to film interiors on location. But the movie was being made during World War II, and wood, as well as many other materials, was being rationed. So, Hollywood had to do without its elaborate sets. Hitchcock ended up spending three weeks in Santa Rosa. He grew so fond of the area that he later returned to Sonoma County to shoot The Birds
at Bodega Bay. He also grew very fond of Shadow of a Doubt,
and in interviews he referred to it as his favorite of all the films he made.
The film was remade in 1991 into a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" TV movie with Mark Harmon. Although the producers wanted to use the original house, the studio had an exclusivity clause written into the contract. So, they used another McDonald Ave. home, across the street.