Notorious

Notorious

Alfred Hitchcock (1946)

97min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

An undercover agent falls for the socialite daughter of a convicted German spy and persuades her to feed him information about the activities of a group of Nazi collaborators in Brazil - a dangerous decision that threatens to cost the girl her life as the leader of the gang draws closer to uncovering her secret. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains and Louis Calhern.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 16 Jan 2009

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