1946 Classic romantic thriller
• US • BW • 100mins •
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- Cary Grant TR Devlin
- Ingrid Bergman Alicia Huberman
- Claude Rains Alexander Sebastian
- Louis Calhern Paul Prescott
- Reinhold Schunzel Dr Anderson/Otto Rensier
- Madame Konstantin [Leopoldine Konstantin] Mme Anna Sebastian
- Art Dir:
Albert S. D'Agostino, Carroll Clark
[ n o t o r i o u s : m o v i e r e v i e w ]
Production and directorial skill of Alfred
Hitchcock combine with a suspenseful story
and excellent performances to make Notorious a classic piece of entertainment.
The Ben Hecht scenario carries punchy dialog but it's much more the action and manner
in which Hitchcock projects it on the screen
that counts heaviest. Of course the fine performances by Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman
and Claude Rains also figure. The terrific
suspense maintained to the very last is also an
Story deals with espionage, the picture
opening in Miami in the spring of 1946.
Bergman's father has been convicted as a
German spy. Yarn shifts quickly to Rio de
Janeiro, where Bergman, known to be a loyal
American, unlike her father, is pressed into
the American intelligence service with a view to getting the goods on a local group of
German exiles under suspicun.
Inducted into espionage through Cary Grant, an American agent with whom she is
assigned to work, Bergman, because she loves
Grant, doesn't want to go through with an assignment to feign love for Claude Rains, head of the Brazilian Nazi group.
Hitchock claimed the FBI had him under surveillance for three months because the film dealt with uranium. This is more than likely an exaggeration for publicity, though David Selznick did receive a letter from the FBI ordering him to submit any material depicting American intelligence to the State Department for approval before the film could be distributed overseas.
There he is:
At the party in Alex Sebastian's mansion, we see Hitchcock walk over to a table, knock back a glass of champagne, then leave.
Best Supp. Actor
(Claude Rains), Original Screenplay
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