The Radio Times logo

Notorious

  • Drama
  • 1946
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 97 mins
  • U

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.

Advertisement

Review

Rating: 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.

How to watch

Loading

Credits

Cast

rolename
TR DevlinCary Grant
Alicia HubermanIngrid Bergman
Alexander SebastianClaude Rains
Paul PrescottLouis Calhern
Mme Anna SebastianLeopoldine Konstantin
Dr Anderson / Otto RenslerReinhold Schünzel
Walter BeardsleyMoroni Olsen
Eric MathisIvan Triesault
JosephAlexis Minotis
Mr HopkinsWally Brown
Party guest by champagne tableAlfred Hitchcock

Crew

rolename
DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI Distribution
Released on
2019-08-09
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
Advertisement

RadioTimes.com is getting better. Fresh new look, redesigned programme hub, richer content…

FIND OUT MORE
Advertisement

Sponsored content