Notorious

  • U
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1946)
  • US
  • 97 min
Notorious
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Scripted by hard-boiled veteran Ben Hecht and boasting a highly topical uranium MacGuffin, this dark romantic thriller isn't as thematically complex or technically audacious as some of Alfred Hitchcock's later classics. But it's still hard to beat for pure, polished entertainment. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are perfectly paired (they'd only appear together again in Indiscreet) as an American agent and the high-living daughter of a Nazi sympathiser whom he has under surveillance. Yet they're almost upstaged by Claude Rains, who manages to invest his treacherous villain with a modicum of humanity. This contrasts strikingly with Grant's surface steel, as he nonchalantly places Bergman in danger by persuading her to marry Rains to secure some inside information. Hitch permits himself one moment of visual virtuosity (a stunning crane shot swooping towards a key in Bergman's hand), but mostly confines himself to spinning his yarn with customarily mischievous skill.

Plot Summary

Alfred Hitchcock's classic romantic thriller starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. Willing to go to any lengths to prove her loyalty to the US government after her father is convicted of treason, Alicia Huberman agrees to travel to South America and risk her life by becoming involved with a ruthless Nazi spy.

Cast and crew

Cast

TR Devlin
Cary Grant
Alicia Huberman
Ingrid Bergman
Alexander Sebastian
Claude Rains
Paul Prescott
Louis Calhern
Mme Anna Sebastian
Leopoldine Konstantin
Dr Anderson / Otto Rensler
Reinhold Schünzel
Walter Beardsley
Moroni Olsen
Eric Mathis
Ivan Triesault
Joseph
Alexis Minotis
Mr Hopkins
Wally Brown

Crew

Director
Alfred Hitchcock

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Available on video and DVD
Released 16 Jan 2009
Certificate U
Categories
Drama